In just two periods of play, Harvard women’s ice hockey goaltender Emerence Maschmeyer had already set a new personal best. Through 30 minutes of play, the freshman had made 25 saves against No. 2 Boston College in the first round of the Beanpot on Tuesday. The No. 5 Crimson went on to lose the contest, 2-1, to the Eagles at Matthews Arena.
Maschmeyer, who has played in 12 games this season, finished with 34 saves on the night and a save-percentage of .944. Her two misses came in the third period. With just under thirteen minutes left in the contest, Boston College forward Emily Field handed off the puck to freshman Dana Trivigno, who drilled in a goal from the left circle over Maschmeyer. Nine minutes later, junior forward Taylor Wasylk received a pass from defenseman Lexi Bender for a quick goal.
The rookie had registered her previous high in saves, 22, at Clarkson, where the Crimson fell, 3-1.
Maschmeyer’s tally of 34 exceeds co-captain Laura Bellamy’s season-high of 30, achieved twice this year, in wins at Quinnipiac on Oct. 26 and St. Lawrence on Jan. 26.
“The team played really well in front of me,” Maschmeyer said. “I think as a whole, in the game in general, everyone played really well, just a couple of big breakdowns. When we need to get something done, we just have to get it done. We can’t hold back, we just have to go for it.”
POWER [PLAY] FAILURE
Harvard received three power play opportunities and was unable to convert on each.
“We had some good looks on our power play,” Crimson coach Katey Stone said. “The goaltender played very well in front of them. It’s very difficult to score a power play so you want to get good looks at the net. I thought we moved the puck well.”
Harvard posts a power play percentage of 17.8 for the season, having scored 13 goals off 73 opportunities.
The team received its first chance 11:18 into the first period off a penalty on Eagles co-captain Blake Bolden for checking. While the two-minute man-advantage saw the Crimson win four face-offs and take three shots, it was unable to yield a goal.
A second window opened in the second stanza, when Boston College forward Meagan Mangene was sent to the box for checking. Eagles goaltender Corinne Boyles made four saves throughout the power play off shots from Harvard forwards junior Lyndsey Fry, co-captain Jillian Dempsey and sophomore Hillary Crowe, while additional shots from Fry and sophomore defenseman Sarah Edney went wide.
The third power play proved to be just as futile as after Bolden was flagged for hooking, the Crimson failed to reach the back of net on six attempts.
“It’s a great opportunity if you get a goal, but the good news is we were able to get one [goal] five on five,” Stone said. “Unfortunately, we did not stave off the pressure.”
PARK AND RIDE
Freshman forward Mary Parker scored her fourth goal of the season and the first of the game. She took three shots in the contest and found success nearly five minutes into the final frame.
Parker fed a pass to junior forward Gina McDonald, who slammed the puck into the goal. Boyles deflected the shot but Parker was there for a second chance. McDonald and Crowe came through for the hand-off and Parker was able to evade Boyles for the goal at the 4:52 mark.
Parker, whose older sister Elizabeth is a junior defenseman, also found the most success winning face-offs on the night. The forward won a team-high six face-offs, dropping only two.
Overall, Harvard trailed Boston College in face-offs, winning 24 to the Eagles’ 30. Boston College forward Alex Carpenter was the overall leader in face-offs, capturing 16.
“I think it was one of the best games [Parker] played tonight,” Stone said. “She played with a lot of grit and she had some jump in her step. She was good around the net and that’s how she got the goal on the second opportunity. She’s a good face-off player and so that was a big piece of it for us today. ”
—Staff writer Cordelia F. Mendez can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her @crimsoncordelia.