Boston University jersey junior co-captain Sammy Davis scored a goal at 1:28 p.m. of sudden death to give the Terriers a spectacular 3-2 victory over host Harvard in the Tuesday night championship game of the 41st annual Women's Beanpot at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Davis, a Pembroke native, finished a backdoor play with a pass through the net from top scorer Jesse Compher. It was the 22nd goal for Davis, who had one goal and two assists in last week's win against Northeastern.
"The coach has been telling us to move closer to the net in the power play, so I slipped away and Jesse found me in a seam and I put it on," said Davis, 21, who missed all year past. Bilateral labrum surgery (hip). "I sort of looked at Jesse and said, 'Oh, my God, we just won the Beanpot, but it's bigger than us, our motto has been to do it for the ladies of the' 80s."
Davis was named MVP of the tournament. The Bertagna goalkeeper award went to Harvard freshman Lindsay Reed, who stopped 52 and 51 in the two games and allowed four miserable goals.
He marked Beanpot's first win for BU (17-6-7) as a varsity program, with his only previous title of "Pot" in 1981 as entry to the club. Harvard (10-12-3) was blocked in the search for a title number 15.
"It was a bit of our kryptonite, it ends all the bad feelings, if you look at some of the teams we had there for a period of five or six years … we just could not close the door," BU coach Brian Durocher said. "We're all excited to get the monkey out of the back, I thought we played an amazing game, our opponent was incredibly tough." These kids have the opportunity to put a stamp on their career and trust is the most important thing for them in the future. "."
Boston University, which surprised Northeastern number 3 when Regan Rust scored in the fourth round of a 2-1 victory in the opening round of 'Pot, increased his current undefeated run to 11 games (9-0-2). In contrast, Harvard suffered its first loss of the month after going 5-0, including a 4-1 defeat on three occasions against defending champion Boston College last week to advance.
BU's sophomore, Nara Elia, one of the two BU players who scored at last week's truce, intercepted a pass in the middle of the slot at 1:28 pm and had a clear chance. But Elia's shot looked over Reed's left shoulder.
BU finally opened the scoring with a power play goal at 18:28 when Harvard co-captain Lexie Laing was sitting in the penalty area. It was Rust who did the honors when he fired from the right spot that redirected a crimson stick in front.
The advantage was momentary, as Harvard responded with a power play goal outside the bounds of Kaitlin Tse during a fight at the front at 7:34 pm
Harvard started the second period with another power play goal at the five minute mark. A shot by the Marblehead native Laing came to the net in front of an BU defender. It was Laing's eighth goal and freshmen Kristin Della Rovere and defender Maryna MacDonald picked up their second assist of the night.
At 7:31 the second Compher, sister of JT Compher of Colorado Avalanche, lit the jets to compete with Reed. Compher, who leads the Terriers with 50 points, could not put the record behind Reed.
BU recovered even at 15:28 of the second when forward Natsaza Tarnowski stuffed the puck into the left post during a riot. It was his seventh goal of the season.
At 4:24 of the third period, Harvard Reed moved from left to right through the fold to steal Emma Wuthrich from BU.
The second right wing of Harvard, Becca Gilmore, of Wayland, appeared to injure her left leg after suffering an aggression on the ice at 8:55 of the third and struggled to reach the bank of Crimson. Gilmore later returned for a turn in the last minutes, but was skidding a little cautiously.
Defender Alex Allan hit the iron with a shot for just over seven minutes.
The sudden death period was a matter of ups and downs with the BU goalkeeper, Corinne Schroeder (30 saves), who managed to save Harvard junior Kat Hughes six minutes after the draw. Schroeder was delaying his end of the goalie duel, then stopped Hughes in an engrossing effort and then thwarted Brooke Jovanovich with his right side open.
Harvard's Laing picked up a smaller slaughterhouse at 12:54 to send BU into the power play. BU Davis won it with a Compher hatch finish.
"We certainly had a lot of chances to win and his goalkeeper made a lot of saves, of course, our goalkeeper was on top," said Harvey coach Katey Stone, who cited the competition, parity and excitement of the event. "It was a great hockey game from the university, it's unfortunate that it ended like that for us, our children deserved a better fate, but BU got a great victory."
In the consolation game, Patty Kazmaier Award winner Daryl Watts of Boston College scored a pair of goals and freshman Maddy McArthur recorded 33 saves when the Eagles beat the Northeast, 4-1.
This was the first time this season that Northeastern (21-4-4) had less than two goals.
Senior captain Megan Keller and freshman Kelly Browne had the other goals for the BC (21-10-0). Veronika Pettey scored for the Huskies.