ITHACA, N.Y. – In its first ECAC Hockey and Ivy League battle of the season the No. 7/7 Cornell women's hockey team took down Harvard 3-1 Friday afternoon at Lynah Rink.
The Big Red scored the first goal off the stick of Grace Graham. After a sequence of four shot denials by both Harvard goalkeeper Beth Larcom and a few Crimson defenders, Graham finally put the loose puck home to give the Big Red the 1-0 lead with 9:48 left in the first period.
It took just over three minutes for the Big Red to add to its lead, with a Jaime Bourbonnais strong wrist shot that rattled around the cage and home. The goal was the second power goal of the afternoon for the Big Red, which went a perfect 2-for-2 on skater-up opportunities.
Harvard added a tally in the waning minutes to cut the Big Red's lead back to one entering the second frame.
In the second period over eight minutes went by before either team put a shot attempt on goal. With 45 seconds left in the period, Paige Lewis scored a goal to extend the Big Red's lead back to two. The New Canaan, Connecticut, native jarred the puck free from Harvard's Lexy Lang at the top of the zone, which set her up for a perfect chance. Lewis fired a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Beth Larcom in net, putting it home top shelf.
Harvard had the final tally of the day at the tail end of the third with an extra skater on the ice, but it was too late for the Crimson to mount a comeback.
In net, Marlène Boissonnault recorded 23 saves on 25 shots.
The Big Red looks to complete the weekend sweep at 3 p.m. on Saturday when it hosts Dartmouth.