Loiselle Pushes Women's Hockey to 3-2 ECAC East Win

BOSTON, Mass. – In perhaps one of the biggest plays of the season sophomore forward Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) sacrificed her body to score what would be the game-winning goal with just 1:22 left in the third period to give women's ice hockey a 3-2 ECAC East win over Salve Regina University Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

With the win, women's hockey improved to 7-10-2, 5-8-1 in the ECAC East.  Salve Regina fell to 9-7-4, 5-5-3 in the ECAC East.

The goal, which was Loiselle's second of the season, was assisted by Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.), who earlier in the contest netted her sixth goal of the season on the power-play.  LaRosa's goal at the time gave UMass Boston a 2-1 lead over Salve.

Freshman Dylan Caron (Burrillville, R.I.) was the other goal scorer for the Beacons as the Rhode Island native netted her sixth goal of the season at the 8:48 mark of the second period to tie the game at 1-1.  Picking up the win between the pipes was senior Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) who made a combined 30 saves in the win.

Salve Regina saw Rachel Porter score both goals Friday afternoon.  Her first of the day came in the opening frame on an unassisted play.  Porter then scored her 13th goal of the season on the power-play at 5:02 of the third period to tie the score at 2-2. 

Seahawk's goalie Ali Muehlbronner totaled 19 saves on the day and fell to 3-2-2 on the year following the loss.

Both teams would go on to record a power-play goal in the back-and-forth contest, with the Salve finishing 1-for-2 and the Beacons 1-for-3. 

Women's hockey will host Holy Cross tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.