RPI edged by Harvard

RPI edged by Harvard

TROY, N.Y. – Senior captain Lovisa Selander made 54 saves to break the NCAA Division I career mark, but the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's hockey team fell to Harvard University, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Crimson improve to 10-13-3 (8-8-2 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 12-13-5 (9-8-1 ECAC Hockey).

Selander (Sollentuna, Sweden/SDE Riksserien) turned away all 12 shots she faced in the first period, but it was the 11th that broke the all-time mark, which was held by Brianna McLaughlin, a 2009 graduate of Robert Morris University.

The Engineers took the lead 11:21 of the first period, when junior Blake Orosz (Chase Mills, NY/Nepean Wildcats) snuck a rebound past Harvard freshman goaltender Lindsay Reed (New Vernon, NJ/The Hotchkiss School) for her team-leading 13th goal of the season. A shot from the left point by senior Josefine Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark/Shattuck St. Mary's) was swatted to the ice by Reed, but Orosz was able to pounce on the loose puck for the game's first tally.

Harvard drew even at 7:58 of the second, when sophomore Brooke Jovanovich (Oakville, ON/Appleby College) flipped a shot over the left pad of Selander for her fifth goal of the year. Classmate Emma Buckles (Toronto, ON/Harvergal College) delivered a centering feed from the left that found Jovanovich at the top of the crease. She turned and lifted a backhander that snuck over the goal line, tying the game at 1-1.

Later in the second, freshman Kristin Della Rovere (Caledon East, ON/The Hill Academy) capitalized on scramble in the crease to net her 10th goal of the season. After Selander made a pair of saves on the left side of the net, the puck trickled across to the right, where Della Rovere was waiting for the easy tap-in. The play was reviewed for potential goaltender interference, but it stood, giving the visitors their eventual game-winner.

Selander totaled 23 saves on the second, before stopping all 19 shots she faced in the third, keeping the Engineers within striking distance. A power play chance early in the frame provided RPI with its best chance to pull even, but the hosts could not find a way past Reed for a second time.

The 54 saves for Selander (10-12-5) was her second-most this season, after stopping all 58 in a 1-0 shutout at Robert Morris on October 13. She now has 3,853 for her career. Reed (8-10-2) finished with 23 saves, including 11 in the first.

RPI returns to action next weekend, when it visits Quinnipiac University and No. 5 Princeton University on Friday (6pm) and Saturday (3pm), respectively. Harvard takes on Boston University in the Beanpot Championship on Tuesday (8pm).