CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a career high 44 saves from sophomore Beth Larcom, the Harvard women's hockey team (9-12-2, 7-9-2 ECAC) was set back 4-0 against No. 4/4 Colgate (25-4-1, 15-3-0 ECAC) on Saturday afternoon at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
The final score masked an incredible effort from the Crimson, that held the Raiders to just one goal through two and a half periods. After scoring at 12:28 of the first, Colgate would fail to find the back of the net until 12:50 of the third. Following their second goal, the Raiders charged ahead, tallying another 10 seconds later and a final mark 3:16 after.
Harvard's penalty kill performed well against Colgate's top-10 power-play unit, denying five opportunities totaling 7:25, while the Crimson saw just 42 seconds of power-play time. Harvard's defense was bolstered by Emma Buckles and Kate Glover who combined for seven of 11 blocked shots by the Crimson.
Beth Larcom once again had a career game against the Raiders. Last season, Larcom made her collegiate debut against Colgate, making 41 saves that stood as her career high until she turned away 44 shots today, including 19 in the second frame.
- After a faceoff in the Colgate zone, Jessie Eldridge carried the puck coast to coast to put Colgate on the board off a wrister from the slot at 12:28 of the opening period.
- Colgate would not light the lamp again until more than halfway through the final frame when Breanne Wilson-Bennett skated around the entire offensive zone before firing a shot from the left circle that bounced off Larcom to the right of the crease where Olivia Zafuto was able to punch it in at 12:50 of the third.
- Just 10 seconds later, the Raiders extended their lead to 3-0, steepening the climb if the Crimson intended to come back. Following its second goal, Colgate won the center faceoff back to Shelby Wood at the blue line who fed it to Jessie Eldridge along the right dashers. Eldridge stickhandled past the Harvard defense and just when she was inside the right circle, she swung the puck across to Shelby Perry for a one-timer from the left circle beating Larcom short-side at 13:00 of the third period.
- The Raiders would put an exclamation point on their victory at 16:16 of the third period off Jessie Eldridge's second of the game. After Colgate forced a turnover in the Harvard zone, Eldridge picked up the puck at the top of the right circle and rifled a shot from point-blank range beating Larcom's blocker far-side.
Next up, the Crimson will take part in the 40th annual women's Beanpot Tournament. The tournament is set to open on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with Harvard taking on Boston University at 5 p.m. on the campus of Boston College. The Championship and consolation finals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, again to take place at Conte Forum at Boston College.