posted on: Thursday February 4, 2010
Al Daniel ’11 / Sports Staff
The Women’s Hockey Team sprinkled a tiny bit of sentimental sugar on an otherwise disappointing weekend in the third period of a visit to then-No. 7 Harvard last Saturday. They reignited their offensive intensity, trimmed the rate of shots directed at their own goaltender, Genevieve Lacasse ’12, and deleted a long-standing 1-0 deficit courtesy of Arianna Rigano’s ’10 goal with 10:42 to spare.But not unlike the previous night, when the Friars relinquished a 2-1 decision to the plebeian Vermont Catamounts, Saturday’s equalizer was apt to expire. Within five minutes of tying the game, Rigano was flagged for cross-checking, granting the goal-starved Crimson a timely power play.Lo and behold, in another 34 ticks, Harvard’s Randi Griffin inserted the decider and Providence would finish the weekend 0-2, bringing their two-month-old, 10-game unbeaten run (8-0-2) to a violent halt.”I think we might have gotten a little too comfortable, and this just proves that we’re going to have to work that much harder,” said Lacasse, whose 34-save performance on Saturday moved her to the top of the nation’s list of cumulative stops (747), surpassing Amy Thomas for No. 3 on the Friars’ all-time career minutes leaderboard (3437:28).On a literal front, the weekend could be termed a total loss. Although, the strong finish to Saturday’s tilt after five less passable periods hinted that the Friars can bite down when slip-ups grow less affordable.”Saturday’s game was a lot better than Friday’s game,” Head Coach Bob Deraney insisted. “We carried most of the play for the second half of that game.”To that point, Harvard commanded Saturday’s shooting gallery through the first 40 minutes, 27-11, but only sculpted a 9-8 edge under that heading within the third period.And containing the Crimson was a tad more off-putting than it could have been. The Friars were, after all, missing defender Jen Friedman ’12, who had sustained an unspecified injury in the Vermont game. Deraney replaced Friedman with the relatively unproven Emily Groth ’13, who was making her 7th appearance all season and is more accustomed to being a utility forward.”Obviously, Jen being out was a huge loss to the team,” said Friedman’s fellow blueliner Amber Yung ’11. “She is an integral part of the defensive corps and the powerplay unit.