Boston College Women’s Hockey came into the Beanpot on fire, riding a six game winning streak in which they scored four or more goals in all six games. But despite a strong start against Harvard, the Eagles gave up four unanswered goals and lost 4-1 in the Beanpot semifinals to the Crimson.
BC and Harvard both came out of the gate with a ton of intensity, and while the Eagles were piling up shots, the Crimson were keeping the game pretty competitive thanks to some aggressive play. But Harvard wore down over the course of the period, and BC scored to take a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
From there, though, it was 40 minutes of frustration for BC. The Crimson scored twice in the second period to take the lead and never looked back, tacking on an insurance goal just nine seconds into the third period to really take the wind out of BC’s sails. Another goal late in the third period put the game away, and 4-1 was your final.
The Eagles peppered shots on Harvard goalie Lindsay Reed, piling up 53 shots over the course of the game and generating a decent number of chances, but BC just couldn’t find the goal to turn the game around. The win for Harvard will keep BC out of the Beanpot final for the first time in 7 years. Both underdogs won on Tuesday, night, sending Harvard and Boston University to the Beanpot championship.
The loss is a serious blow to BC’s second half Pairwise comeback. The Eagles may well need to win the rest of their games to make the NCAA tournament, depending on what happens with the teams around them.
BC will take on New Hampshire on Friday night in a game that has pretty big Pairwise implications, as the Eagles need the win over the Wildcats to win back the comparison with Boston University currently keeping them out of an NCAA tournament spot.