Any naysayers from Dartmouth or otherwise who ever called Harvard women's hockey a one-line team should be eating their words this week.
On Wednesday night in Providence, No. 2 Brown shut down the Crimson's top line for the first two periods but still trailed 2-1.
The No. 1 cause for the pseudo-discrepancy: sophomore forward Tracy Catlin.
"Tracy Catlin's doing an awesome job," Harvard Coach Katey Stone said. "She's playing really gritty. She's having fun, she's got a lot of confidence, and she's going as fast as she can."
Catlin's first big play came early in the second period. As the Brown defense transitioned into the neutral zone, Catlin smartly banked the puck off the boards against the flow of traffic. A fortuitous bounce brought the puck behind the Brown defense and onto the stick of co-captain Angie Francisco just outside the blueline.
The play led to Harvard's first goal; Francisco does not waste clean breakaways.
The Crimson failed to hold the lead for even a minute, but Catlin would put Harvard back on top again.
Halfway through the second period, Catlin crossed into the Bears' zone with Francisco on her right on an odd-man rush. As a Brown defender played her to pass and backed off, Catlin moved into range and slipped a backhand past the Bear goaltender.