No. 8 Women’s Hockey Falls to No. 6 Boston College, 4-2, in Beanpot Consolation Game

No. 8 Women’s Hockey Falls to No. 6 Boston College, 4-2, in Beanpot Consolation Game

Alisa Baumgartner scored her second goal of the season Tuesday against Boston College (Gil Talbot).

Nicole Corriero '05 Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame Induction

The No. 8 Harvard women's hockey team couldn't overcome a three-goal third-period deficit, falling in the Women's Beanpot consolation game to No. 6 Boston College, 4-2, Tuesday at Walter Brown Arena. The loss marks the first time since 1993 that Harvard has finished fourth at the annual Boston tourney.  

For the fourth straight game, Harvard conceded the first goal of the contest as Danielle Welch netted her eighth of the season just 1:51 into the first period. The Crimson got a good chance at the equalizer at the 7:16 mark when BC was whistled for a penalty, but the Eagles managed to limit the looks on net for Harvard.

A strong Harvard forecheck resulted in the Crimson's first goal with 6:51 to play in the first. Hillary Crowe helped hold the puck along the boards behind the BC net and Elizabeth Parker plucked the puck from a scrum, flung a pass to Alisa Baumgartner from behind the net and the senior captain one-timed a shot past Eagles goalie Corinne Boyles. Baumgartner's second goal of the season enabled the Crimson to close the period with a 1-1 tie.

The Crimson committed three penalties in the second period and two of them proved costly as the Eagles converted on their first two power plays of the game. Ashley Motherwell stuffed home a puck that Laura Bellamy couldn't cover up 4:09 in, and Blake Bolden one-timed a shot past Bellamy off passes from Alex Carpenter and Emily Pfalzer with 5:30 left in the frame. Harvard outshot the Eagles, 17-9, in the second, but couldn't find its second goal and ended the period in a 3-1 hole.

The Eagles struck again, posting their third goal in the first five minutes of a period in the game, at 2:24 of the third with Motherwell gathering her second of the game.

With 9:55 gone in the third period, the Crimson was finally able to find its second goal of the game, coming on a power-play opportunity. Marissa Gedman ripped a shot on net that Boyles saved, and she also stopped Lyndsey Fry's ensuing close-range attempt. Fry grabbed her own rebound and fed Jillian Dempsey who slammed home her ninth goal in the past four games to cut the lead to 4-2. The Crimson pulled Bellamy with 1:30 remaining in the game and saw BC whistled for a penalty, and despite a handful of close calls, could not close the two-goal gap before the final buzzer.

Harvard hits the road for the final time in the regular season this weekend, traveling to Rensselaer for a Friday night game and then onto Union for a Saturday afternoon tilt.