Cambridge, Mass. --Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team scored one goal and added two assists as the Wildcats fell to Harvard University 6-4 Saturday night.
The Wildcats are now 22-9-0 overall and 15-7-0 in ECAC play. Harvard is 18-4-3 overall and 16-4-3 in league play.
UNH cut the lead 5-4 at 19:23 of the third period when senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) put a shot past Crimson goaltender Crystal Springer. Harvard responded with an empty net goal at 19:37 to close out the scoring 6-4.
A scary moment occurred in the third period when Harvard forward Angie Francisco and Wildcat freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) collided and Huggon lay on the ice for 25 minutes. Huggon was taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital in Boston.
The Crimson closed out the second period scoring at 18:20 on a goal by junior forward Tammy Shewchuk for a 5-3 Crimson advantage. At 15:32, Zaban scored her 34th goal of the season off Holmes and Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) to trim the Harvard lead to 4-3. The Wildcats came back at 11:08 when Carrabba beat Crimson goaltender Crystal Springer stick side for a 4-2 Harvard lead. Harvard extended the lead 4-1 at 9:07 when Shewchuk scored from sophomore center Jennffer Botterill and freshman forward Kalen Ingram. The Wildcats cut the lead 3-1 at 4:38 when senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Chittenango, N.Y.) scored on the powerplay. UNH senior forwards Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) and Zaban assisted on the goal.
Harvard built a 3-0 lead in the first period when sophomore defenseman Angela Ruggiero scored a shorthanded goal at 16:28. The Crimson took a 2-0 advantage at 13-57 when Botterill beat Huggon low glove side. Harvard got on the board at 8:53 when junior forward Kirrsten Suurkask put one past Huggon stick side for a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats return home on March 4 for a 7 p.m. game against Cornell. UNH will then take on the Saints of St. Lawrence on March 5 at 3 p.m.