Scoring one goal per period, the Harvard women's hockey team beat Cornell, 3-0, yesterday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center.
Despite Cornell goalie Kathryn Lo Presti's 34-save performance, three Crimson icewomen--Julie Sasner, Brita Lind and Lisi Bailliere--tallied to boost Harvard's undefeated Ivy League record to 8-0.
"Our confidence is high because we've been winning a lot," said Co-Captain Sasner, "but confidence can work for you or against you. Today it worked against us."
Harvard, now 13-2 overall, played just well enough to win. The Crimson's forechecking and passing wasn't as strong as in past performances--and Harvard Coach John Dooley felt that his squad was outplayed emotionally by Cornell.
"[Cornell] came out with fire," Dooley said, "but we let down on the 'frame of mind' part of the game--we did not have the level of emotion that's necessary."
Dooley said that Harvard will have to play better than it did yesterday to defeat Princeton next week. A victory over the Tigers would capture the regular-season Ivy title and earn home-ice advantage for the Crimson in the Ivy League Tournament.
With 4:47 left in the opening period, Sasner scored the first goal against Cornell off of an assist by Nina Simonds. Sasner finished the night with a goal and an assist, to increase her three-year career point total to 91--third on the all-time Harvard scoring list. "Sasner was our player on the ice tonight," said Dooley.
Sasner assisted on the second goal, which Lind shot past Lo Presti. Bailliere came through for the Crimson during the third period, on a double assist from Johanna Neilson and Christine Burns.
Blueliner Burns, playing in her first game since having her appendix removed last month, moved the puck well for Harvard. Burns was sidelined at the recent Yale and Princeton games, and during the Beanpot competition in which Harvard finished second behind Northeastern.
Harvard netminder Jen White blocked all 17 of Cornell's shots.
The Crimson takes to the road today to play Colby and Bowdoin, before returning to face Princeton at Bright Center Saturday.