Photo of Harvard celebrating its first goal of the game courtesy of Kevin Burns Photography.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 Harvard women’s hockey team fell behind early and was not able to mount a comeback, dropping a 6-2 decision to No. 5 Cornell in the NCAA Division I Quarterfinal matchup Friday at Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson concludes its season with a 20-8-5 overall record, while the Big Red (20-8-6) advances to the NCAA Frozen Four.
Cornell notched the game’s first goal at 2:34 of the first period, as Amanda Young sent a long pass from the Cornell zone to center ice, finding Catherine White. White skated in alone for a breakaway, sliding a shot behind Harvard’s Laura Bellamy. Less than four minutes later, the Big Red extended its lead to 2-0 as Karlee Overguard netted an unassisted shorthanded goal after stealing the puck in the Crimson zone.
The Big Red came out firing in the second, netting three goals within a span of three minutes to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Laura Fortino converted a Chelsea Karpenko pass at the 6:42 mark, Melanie Jue potted her seventh goal of the year off feeds from Laura Danforth and Kendice Ogilvie at 8:06 and Karpenko got one of her own at 9:45 off a Laurian Rougeau assist.
In the second, senior Randi Griffin put Harvard on the scoreboard with her 11th goal of the season. Griffin one-timed a pass from Kate Buesser to the left of Cornell goaltender Amanda Mazzotta, making it a 5-1 game at 13:47. Kathryn Farni was credited with a secondary assist after sending a pass to Buesser, who was camped in the left circle. Cornell extended its lead to 6-1 with less than five minutes to go in the second as Ogilvie bested Harvard goalie Kylie Stephens off a pass from Karpenko. Despite the disadvantage in the score, Harvard led Cornell, 23-13, in shots through two periods.
Harvard collected the lone goal of the third period at the 13:11 mark as Leanna Coskren corralled a pass from Cori Bassett at the blue line and blasted a shot into the upper right corner to push the score to 6-2.
Mazzotta finished the game with 34 saves while Bellamy and Stephens had six saves each in the loss.
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