BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Julie Fortier, the defending national champions Norwich University (6-1-0, 5-0-0 ECAC East) defeated women's ice hockey (2-4-1, 1-3-1 ECAC East) by the final score of 5-0 Friday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Rink.
Fortier led the Cadets with a pair of goals in the first 10:13 of Friday's ECAC East conference game. The goals marked her sixth and seventh of the season, and helped the Cadets to their fifth straight victory. During their last five wins, Norwich has outscored their opponents a staggering 41-1.
In Friday's contest, the Cadets held a +17 advantage in shots over the host Beacons (37-20). On the power-play, UMass surrendered just one goal on Norwich's four chances. The Beacons were 0-for-2 in what was a very tough but clean game.
Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) paced the Beacons offense with her team leading four shots on goal. Behind her were Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) who each put three shots on goal. Jillayne DeBus led the offensive charge for the Cadets as she got off a total of six shots, all of which were stopped by senior goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.).
Hallett, facing one of the top offense's in the country played extremely well, as she posted 32 saves. In the third period alone, Hallett faced a combined 13 shots, allowing just one goal in the final 20 minutes of play.
Overall the second and third periods, could have gone either way, as the Beacons defense settled down. It was in the first that Norwich was able to build the early momentum scoring three of their five goals in the opening frame. After Fortier's goals, Stephanie Invernizzi found the back of the net at 17:19 to give the Cadets a solid lead going into the locker room.
After the intermission, the two teams exchanged shots, with Norwich scoring just one goal on their 11 attempts. UMass posted 10 shots in the period, but with Joanie Plamondon between the pipes, the Cadets were able to preserve the shutout.
The third period would favor the Cadets, but with another strong defensive effort would be held to just the one goal from Kaycie Anderson with 2:03 left in the game.
Women's Hockey returns to action tomorrow when they host St. Michael's College at 2 p.m. in an ECAC East conference game.