Durham, N.H.-Sophomore forward Jennifer Botterill scored two goals and added an assist as #2 ranked Harvard University defeated # 1 ranked University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Harvard jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period off goals by freshman forward Kalen Ingram and freshman defensemen Jamie Hagerman. Sophomore defensemen Angela Ruggiero and Botterill assisted on Hagerman’s power play goal. UNH cut the lead to 2-1 when senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) found the back of the net off assists from sophomore forward Kelly McManus (Dedham, Mass.) and senior forward Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.). Harvard came back less than nine minutes later as Botterill scored her first goal of the game, which proved to be the game winner for a 3-1 Harvard lead. Junior center Angie Francisco and Ruggiero registered assists on the power play goal.
In the second period, Botterill found the top of the net, past the outstretched glove of freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) to extend the Crimson lead 4-2.
The Wildcats closed out the scoring 4-2 with a power play goal by Holmes off assists from Zaban and senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.).
UNH senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.) made seven saves and Huggon finished with 15. Sophomore goaltender Alison Kuusisto stopped 22 shots for Harvard.
UNH returns to the ice against Brown Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.