MIDDLETOWN, Rhode Island – Led by Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) and Tori PIzzuto (Waterbury, Conn.) women's ice hockey (2-3-1, 1-2-1 ECAC East) earned their first ECAC East conference victory, by scoring three goals in the final period to defeat Salve Regina University (1-2-0, 1-1-0 ECAC East) by the final score of 5-2 Saturday evening at St. George's Ice Rink.
The game-winner was netted by LaRosa just 20 seconds into the third period. Pizzuto, who has shown she is able to blast the puck in from deep behind the blue line, notched the final two goals of the night to help the Beacons secure the victory. The deciding goal by LaRosa was the first of the year for the junior.
After a very mild first period, in which there was only two penalties and a combined 20 shots respectively, the two teams changed gears as they exchanged goals in the second. It took Salve Regina just 34 seconds to end the scoreless draw after the first intermission. UMass Boston would then tie the game at 1-1 just a mere 28 seconds later.
That score would remain until the 9:05 mark, when Salve Regina jumped out to a 2-1 lead on unassisted goal by Rachel Porter. Porter also assisted Salve's first goal of the night. Just like before, it took UMass Boston all of 35 seconds to tie the game for a second time. Dylan Caron, found the back of the net on the power-play off of a LaRosa and Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, N.Y.) assist.
The two teams would remained tied at 2-2 going into the second intermission. After the final break, UMass Boston would score first and never look back as they rode the three-goal third all the way to the win column.
Notching her first win of the year between the pipes was Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) on a 35 save night. Salve's Ali Muehlbronner was handed the loss and tallied 25 saves. On the power-play UMass was 2-for-5, while hold Salve Regina scoreless on their six power-play opportunities. Salve did end the contest with a combined 37 shots, while UMass managed 31 in the win.
Women's hockey returns home this Friday when they host nationally ranked Norwich University at 6 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.