The Eagles suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Harvard on Tuesday night in Matthew’s Arena, failing to capture their ninth Beanpot Championship. The Boston College and Harvard teams went blow-for-blow the whole game, with the Eagles answering every Crimson goal until the last few minutes of the third period.
Although the Eagles came home in second place, they didn’t return empty handed. Abigail Levy was named the Bertagna Award winner as the tournament's top goaltender. She had a total of 99 saves over the course of the Beanpot, with 50 coming on Tuesday in the championship game. She also passed the 1,000 saves in a single season milestone on Tuesday. Her 1,018 saves this year marks the second most in women’s hockey, and she is on pace to break the record by the end of the year.
The Crimson started off strong in the first period, shutting down the Eagles’ offense and scoring a long-distance goal from Kristin Della Rovere. After a scoreless first period, Boston College bounced back just 57 seconds into the second period. Maddie Crowley-Cahill tied it 1-1, and when Harvard responded with a goal to make it 2-1, Crowley-Cahill re-tied the game with her second goal of the night.
The second period set the precedent for back-and-forth scoring, which continued into the third period. After Crimson defenseman Mia Biotti scored in the first five minutes of the period, Eagle Caroline Goffredo scored a goal to keep the game tied at 3-3. Just a few seconds after Goffredo’s goal, Harvard scored again to push themselves into the lead at 4-3, but the Eagles were not deterred. Abby Newhook deflected a shot into the Harvard net to tie the game once again.
Newhook, a freshman, has now scored in eight consecutive games.
The tie was broken by Harvard’s Becca Gilmore with 3:51 left in the game. The Eagles were unable to secure another goal before the clock ran out, and took a hard-fought loss. Boston College finished the Beanpot tournament with a 17-12-0 record, and will have to wait another year to fight for their first Beanpot championship since 2018. With the regular season coming to a close in the next few weeks, securing wins will have a significant impact on playoff placement in the Hockey East conference.
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