Four wrestlers placed in the top eight of their weight classes, and two freshmen punched their tickets to the National Championship next week.
Two powerplay tallies and five different goal-scorers powered the hosts’ effort, earning the Crimson a 2-0 series victory and a trip to the ECAC quarterfinals.
Five even-strength goals powered the Crimson past the visiting Saints.
Harvard will host Fairfield in its first home contest of the season this Saturday at 3:00 PM on Jordan Field. The Crimson went 1-2 on the road to open the season, defeating No. 19 UMass before falling to Holy Cross and Albany, with all three games being decided by just a single goal.
Ripping a volley down the backhand side, sophomore Victor Crouin watched as his opponent, No. 3 University of Pennsylvania’s Andrew Douglas, made a desperate stab at the ball in the back corner. When his return fell short of the front wall, Crouin turned towards the roaring crowd and thumped his chest in triumph.
As the clock wound down in the third period, Harvard held a 3-2 lead over Yale. Then, with 14.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Bulldog senior defender Saroya Tinker executed a shot from the point which Dalton successfully redirected in the air, steering the puck past Crimson sophomore goaltender Lindsay Reed’s shoulder to send the game into overtime.
Buoyed by strong performances across the board, Harvard emerged as Ivy League champs for the fourth consecutive year.
In the overtime session, Harvard funneled many chances to the net. The Crimson forced Yale junior goaltender Gianna Meloni to make a couple of semi-breakaway saves, outshot the Bulldogs 7-3, and earned a power play as well. Nonetheless, Yale withstood the pressure and found a game-winning goal from junior forward Tess Dettling on a backdoor feed from sophomore forward Claire Dalton. A decisive game three awaits after the Bulldog 4-3 victory.
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With a thorough 4-0 defeat of Yale, Harvard will have the opportunity to punch its ticket to the ECAC semifinals in game two of the best-of-three series tomorrow.