However, as the game continued, Brown got into a scoring groove and Harvard couldn’t keep up.
“We felt like going into it we could have beat them,” senior Shayna Price said. “We came out strong and then a lot of things just sort of steamrolled on us and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.”
The Bears would go on to score four goals in each of the subsequent three periods. The scoring was spread out amongst six different players, with McNamara and junior Liz Rosen leading the Bears with three goals each. Kate Woods, Shannon Crowley, and Marisa Kolokotronis notched two apiece, and Sarah Presant scored once in the fourth period to finish the scoring for Brown.
“We were trying to steal the ball and go down the other way and score,” Price said. “We wanted strong defense, but it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.”
As the Brown scoring heated up, Harvard’s offense slowed. The Crimson put two shots past Bear goalie Sarah Shin in the second period, followed by three in the third.
Down just one goal going into the fourth period, the Crimson was still in striking distance during the final minutes. With several possessions giving it the chance to set up and pass the ball around for an open shot, the Crimson was only able to connect on Price’s shot with 3:42 left, but it would be the last score Harvard tallied and not enough to match Brown’s four scores in the frame.
The Crimson attempted to adjust in the final few minutes after both teams took multiple timeouts, but Harvard was unable to capitalize.
‘We practice those situations and being down a certain number of goals with time left,” Minnis said. “It’s stuff we always talk about in practice, it’s just reinforcing what they’re supposed to do in those situations.”