|3rd||6:34||HAR||1-0||EV||Kalley Armstrong (5)||Sydney Daniels/8|
|3rd||13:00||HAR||2-0||SH GW||Mary Parker (17)||Sarah Edney/14|
|3rd||15:37||BC||1-2||EV||Emily Field (9)||Andie Anastos/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (34-3-2)||0/3||2/4||0|
|Emerance Maschmeyer (W, 18-4-3)||60:00||1||15||11||17||43|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (L, 30-3-2)||58:32||2||6||6||7||19|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Harvard ended the Boston College women's hockey team's season tonight with a 2-1 victory over the Eagles in the NCAA semifinal at Ridder Arena.
After two scoreless periods, the teams combined for three goals in the third period. Boston College out-shot the Crimson 44-21 in the game, including an 18-9 margin in the decisive third period. But Harvard goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer recorded 43 saves to help the Crimson advance.
Harvard broke the deadlock at 6:34 of the third and the Crimson added a shorthanded goal at 13:00. While BC senior captain Emily Field tallied her ninth goal of the year at 15:37, the Eagles couldn't break through Maschmeyer in the final minutes.
The win sent Harvard (27-5-3, 16-4-2 ECAC) to the national championship game for the fourth time in program history, while the loss ended Boston College's (34-3-2, 20-0-1 Hockey East) season in the national semifinals for the fifth time in program history.
"I thought our team played hard. We ran into a goalie that made some really nice saves on us, and we knew that was going to happen. I thought our kids stuck to it and worked extremely hard. We just came up short. Those are the games that you're hoping to get a bounce to go your way, and it didn't seem to happen for us tonight," head coach Katie King Crowley said. "But I'm extremely proud of the season our team had: what our players have done for our program, where they have brought it. These seniors and leaders have done a tremendous job."
Harvard's Kalley Armstrong scored the go-ahead goal at 6:34 of the third period when she broke down the right wing and saw her shot trickle through goaltender Katie Burt's five-hole. Harvard added what turned out to be the game-winning goal - shorthanded - at 13:00 when Mary Parker found space on the near post after Sarah Edney sent her down the wing.
Field pulled one back at 15:37 when she pocketed the puck off the boards from Andie Anastos' shot that was just wide.
While the third period had fireworks from both teams, the game appeared to have started off with a BC celebration. The Eagles thought they got on the board less than two minutes into the game, however, the goal was waved off after a review when Kristyn Capizzano was ruled to have kicked the puck in on the back post. Andie Anastos set her up when she wrapped a pass through the crease from behind the net.
With just under five minutes in the first period, the Eagles were beneficiaries of a five-minute power play. Harvard's Miye D'Oench was sent out of the game with a game misconduct for checking from behind on Emily Pfalzer behind the Eagles' net.
Emily Field had a chance two minutes in to the man-advantage, but her rebound shot was saved by Maschmeyer. Dana Travigno then had a chance on an open net off a rebound of a Haley Skarupa shot, but Maschmeyer made the save on that attempt. Alex Carpenter then had a point-blank shot saved as the period came to a close.
The teams remained scoreless in the second period, and BC continued to put pressure on Maschmeyer and the Crimson - out-shooting them 11-6. After two periods, the Eagles led in shots, 26-12.
Harvard opened the third period with 34 seconds of power-play time, and almost converted 20 seconds into the frame, but Burt laid out to make a rebound save and keep the game scoreless.
After Field's goal's goal pulled the Eagles back within one, Patty Kazmaier Top-3 finalist Alex Carpenter had back-to-back shots saved at the doorstep by Maschmeyer.
BC pulled Burt with 1:14 remaining and kept the puck in their attacking zone, putting four shots on Maschmeyer with the extra attacker. But Harvard's goalkeeper stood tall and helped the Crimson claim the victory.
The Eagles saw their best season in program history come to an end, a campaign that included a program-record 34 wins, a 28-game unbeaten run to start the season and a 25-game winning streak. The team also achieved its first-ever number-one ranking in program history, a spot it held from the first week in November until the postseason.