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Women's Hockey Falls to Harvard in First Round of Beanpot

The No. 7 Boston College women’s hockey team (19-10) dropped their semifinal matchup of the Beanpot Tournament on Tuesday night, falling to the Harvard Crimson (8-11-3) 4-1.

The Eagles got off to a fast start, dominating play specifically in the shot department.  BC amassed 19 shots in the first period, yet could only find the back of the net once. Caitrin Lonergan fed Daryl Watts in the high slot for a one-timer, deflected by Makenna Newkirk past Harvard netminder Lindsay Reed for the game's first goal.  Newkirk’s tenth of the season gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first period.

The Eagles maintained their one-goal lead until halfway through the first period.  Crimson forward Brooke Jovanovich drove down the left wing and snapped a shot through the legs of BC goaltender Maddy McArthur’s legs to knot the game up at one.

Despite continued pressure from the Eagle’s attack, including 38 shots through two periods, Reed was able to consistently turn away the BC offense.  Her play, along with forward Dominique Petrie’s top-shelf shot from the high slot late in the second period, gave the Crimson a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

Harvard forward Lexie Lang picked up a loose puck along the right boards entering the offensive zone and ripped a shot past McArthur to give the Crimson a 3-1 lead just nine seconds into the third period.  A quick faceoff win and a well directed pass off the boards into space from defensemen Kyra Willoughby left Lang an open lane to drive towards the net.

Later in the period, Jovanovich’s second goal of the game, put in off a rebound, gave Harvard another insurance goal and a 4-1 lead they would hold onto for the remainder of the game.

The Eagles dominated play for most of the game, outshooting the Crimson 53-26 in the contest.  Despite BC’s relentless attack, Reed stood her ground, saving a career-high 52 shots and limiting the Eagles to just one goal.  Unlike BC, Harvard capitalized on their chances and took advantage of defensive miscues to score four straight unanswered goals. 

Harvard advances to the Beanpot final where they will take on No. 8 Boston University (15-6-7).  BU defeated No. 3 Northeastern (20-3-4) in the other semifinal 4-3 in a shootout.

Prior to the loss, BC had won three straight Beanpot Tournament championships, as well as four in the last five years. It’s also the first time the Eagles will not advance to the final of the tournament since 2012. 

The Eagles (19-10) return to Hockey East play on Friday as they take on New Hampshire (13-12-4) at Kelley Rink.  With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Eagles will look to finish on a high note before attempting to make another postseason run.  

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