CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshmen Theresa Knutson and Leah Lum each scored in an 8-2 setback for the UConn women’s hockey team at No. 6 Harvard on Tuesday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The loss concludes UConn’s non-conference schedule and drops the Huskies to 4-11-6 on the year, while the Crimson improve to 9-2-2.
Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) picked up her sixth goal of the year in the first period and Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) tallied in the second, but UConn could not overcome a potent Harvard offense which came into the contest ranked top-five in the nation. The Crimson out-shot the Huskies 43-18 on the day and went 1-for-3 on the power play. UConn did not convert on two man advantage opportunities.
In goal, Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) made 35 saves for the Huskies, while Brianna Laing and Molly Tissenbaum combined to make 16 stops for the Crimson. Harvard got a hat trick from Sydney Daniels and two goals from Lexie Laing to pace their high-powered attack.
The Crimson took an early lead, potting the first goal of the contest at 3:18 of the opening stanza off the stick of Hillary Crowe. At 8:23 the Crimson stretched their lead to 2-0 when Daniels sniped a hard shot from the left circle past Chuli.
UConn struck back moments later, cutting the lead to one at 8:43 in the first period. After forcing a turnover in the Harvard end, Knutson ghosted in and slid a low shot from the bottom of the left circle into the corner of the cage for her sixth goal of the year.
After Harvard went ahead 4-1 early in the second period, the Huskies answered to cut the lead back to two. Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) won a battle on the boards behind the goal and swung a pass to Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, British Columbia) for a centering feed to Lum. The freshman glided into the slot and one-timed a blast into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Harvard responded by scoring the game’s next four goals, taking an 8-2 lead in the early portion of the third period. The Crimson would not relent that lead, holding on for the six-goal victory.
Up next, the Huskies return home for the first time since late November to host Vermont in a two-game Hockey East set at the Freitas Ice Forum. UConn and UVM will square off on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. before a 3 p.m. start on Jan. 11.
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