Women's Hockey Falls to Saint Anselm

BOSTON, Mass. – With a pair of goals in the first and third periods the Hawks of St. Anselm College defeated women's hockey by the final score of 5-1 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Saturday's victory improves the Hawks overall record to 17-6-0, 11-5 in the ECAC East.  The Beacons fell to 7-13-2, 5-10-1 in the conference with the decision.

Scoring the lone goal for UMass Boston was sophomore Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.).  The goal, which at the time made it just a one score game came in the opening minutes of the second period.  That goal not only put some life into the Beacons bench, but it also ended the Hawks four-game shutout streak as well.  Recording assists on the goal was Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.).

Unfortunately, St. Anselm would bounce right back from the goal and scored three straight to secure the conference win.  The Hawks, who are ineligible for ECAC East tournament play do to their Division II status saw Courtney Winters record two goals and on assist in the victory.

Rosemarie Giarusso also skated away with a pair of goals and an assist as well.  Kathryn Picarello was the only other goal scorer for Saint Anselm.

In goal senior Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) had a busy afternoon and despite the goals allowed played extremely well between the pipes.  In total, Hallett combined for 32 stops, while her St. Anselm counterpart Amy Zappen tallied 12 saves to improve to 14-6-0 on the year.  Zappen came into the game as the nation's leader in shutouts with six.

On the power-play both team's went 0-for-4 on the day, which was a true testament to the Beacons defense, especially since the Hawks power-play ranks amongst the top units in Division II and Division III women's hockey.

Women's Hockey will host New England College on Friday at 4 p.m.