Maschmeyer picked up her fifth win with a 15-save performance. (Elan Kawesch)
TROY, N.Y. – The No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team picked up its ninth consecutive victory on Saturday, downing Rensselaer, 4-1, in Houston Fieldhouse. Freshman Lexie Laing scored two goals for the third straight outing, while junior netminder Emerance Maschmeyer made 15 saves and added an assist to pick up her fifth win of the year. Harvard moves to 11-2-2 (9-1-1 ECAC) with the win, while RPI drops to 4-15-3 (2-8-0 ECAC).
The Crimson outshot the Engineers, 29-16, and connected on scores from Laing (2-0—2), Hillary Crowe (1-0—1) and Mary Parker (1-2—3). Laing got things rolling for the second night in a row with an early tally. After collecting a pass from Abbey Frazer (0-2—2), Parker saucered a short pass to Laing who banged it home for the score at 5:37. Exactly 10 minutes later, the freshman made it 2-0 after another pass from Parker down low.
With under a minute left in the contest, Crowe made it 3-0 in favor of the Crimson. Edney fired from the point into traffic, and the puck bounced around and eventually careened into the back of the net off Crowe's stick.
After a track-meet of a second period, one which featured no scoring from either side, though Harvard led the shot count, 12-5. After more quiet play in the third, Mary Parker extended the lead to 4-0 with an empty netter from the point. A feed from Maschmeyer found Josephine Pucci's stick before she fed it up the ice to Parker who converted. But moments later, RPI countered with a power play goal to avoid the shutout. It was the first power play goal allowed by the Crimson in the last 26 attempts over the last seven games.
With the victory, Harvard turns its attention to UNH and Dartmouth this week, looking for its 10th consecutive victory.