Lyndsey Fry netted Harvard's third hat trick of the season Saturday against Yale (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore forward Lyndsey Fry played the role of finisher on the day, as her four goals powered the No. 8 Harvard women's hockey team to a 4-0 blanking of Yale (1-27-1, 1-20-1 ECAC), Saturday at Bright Hockey Center in the regular-season finale. The win gives Harvard (20-8-1, 17-4-1 ECAC) its 10th 20-win season in program history and first since 2009-10.
Fry's hat trick is the third by a Harvard skater this season as Gina McDonald and Jillian Dempsey also tallied three goals in a game this year. Fry and Dempsey's feats were both natural hat tricks, and both recorded a short-handed, an even strength and a power-play goal.
Goalie Laura Bellamy recorded her seventh shutout of the season and 14th of her career, turning aside 17 shots in the game. Her seven clean sheets on the season puts her in a tie for second in program history, as Ali Boe '06 turned in seven shutouts in 2003-04. Her 14 career shutouts put her along in third place in team annals.
Harvard got its first score of the day on its first power play of the game, jumping out to a 1-0 lead at the 8:01 mark. Josephine Pucci wound up for a shot from the point and a deft tip by Lyndsey Fry redirected the puck past Genny Ladiges for Fry's 16th tally of the year. Fry struck again with 6:53 to play in the first period, as a Samantha Reber eked past Ladiges and Fry was there to clean up the rebound. Harvard closed the first period with a daunting 22-6 edge in shots.
Penalties were the story of the second period as Harvard was whistled for five infractions, but stood strong on the penalty kill, keeping the Bulldogs off the board. In fact, Fry saw an opportunity when Harvard was called for its second penalty of the period, capitalizing on a Yale turnover to complete her natural hat trick. Jillian Dempsey and Marissa Gedman combined to strip the puck from Yale and Fry took care of the rest, beating Ladiges on a one-on-one at 7:59 for the short-handed score.
Some more fancy stick work earned Fry her fourth tally of the game. Michelle Picard fielded a pass from Samantha Reber, and Picard led Fry with a pass into the Yale zone. Fry dragged the puck across her body and lifted a backhand shot past Ladiges to cap the scoring on the day, registering her 19th goal of the season.
Following the game, Harvard paid tribute to its lone member of the class of 2012, captain Alisa Baumgartner. The West Vancover, B.C., native heads into the ECAC tournament with 16 career points on six goals and 10 assists.
With the regular season wrapped up, the Crimson now turns its attention to the ECAC tournament. Harvard, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will host Princeton in a best-of-three series, beginning with a 4 p.m. game Friday at Bright Hockey Center.