Cornell Holds Off Harvard For Weekend Sweep

Cornell Holds Off Harvard For Weekend Sweep

ITHACA, N.Y. – Fans were treated to an Ivy weekend sweep as No. 6 women's hockey topped Harvard, 4-3, on Saturday at Lynah Rink. Kristin O'Neill led the way with three points, including yet another short-handed goal to extend her career short-handed goals record to eight.
 
"I thought that was one of our best games so far this year as far as playing 60 minutes, establishing our forecheck, getting pucks deep," said head coach Doug Derraugh. "Still I would like to see us finish on more of our chances but overall I thought the energy and the passion and the effort definitely was there tonight and I thought it was very consistent throughout the game."
 
Cornell (11-6-1, 8-4-0 ECAC) enjoyed a 4-1 lead early in the second, but Harvard (8-7-1, 6-5-1 ECAC) stormed back with a goal in the second and third periods to tighten things up, 4-3. Despite pulling its goalie for an extra attacker with 29 seconds left on the clock, the Crimson failed to find an equalizer and the Big Red emerged from the weekend undefeated.
 
Jaime Bourbonnais got Cornell off to a hot start three minutes and 58 seconds into the contest, slapping in a shot inside the far circle after feeds from O'Neill and Maddie Mills. Harvard would knot it up, 1-1, but Mills had an answer on a power play, sending in a one-timer from Brianna Veerman to retake the lead.
 
The team extended its lead via O'Neill's short-handed strike that she took coast-to-coast and Veerman would notch Cornell's final goal of the day. Devon Facchinato set up the play, sending the puck to Sarah Knee who took a snipe into traffic. As the puck went loose in front of the net following Knee's shot, Veerman went backhanded to finish it off.
 
"We had a lot of energy coming into the game," said O'Neill. "We were obviously really pumped up to play Harvard. I think everyone pulled together, everyone pulled their weight and we came together as a team."
 
Harvard would respond with goals 8:26 into the second and 16:07 into the third, but Cornell's defense did its job to stifle any offensive momentum the Crimson had.
 
The Big Red was dominant in the shooting category, holding a 38-22 advantage.
 
Marlene Boissonnault made 19 saves to earn the victory while Harvard's Beth Larcom made 13 and Becky Dutton stopped 21 shots.
 
Cornell is back at home next weekend, hosting Rensselaer on Friday, Jan. 19 and Union on Saturday, Jan. 20. Both matches are scheduled for 3 p.m.