November 9, 2012

Women’s Hockey Skates to 2-2 Draw with Holy Cross

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a two goal showing from senior Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, Mass.) and a career-best 46 saves from freshman goalie Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) women's ice hockey battled their ECAC East and Division II rival Holy Cross to a 2-2 draw Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

With the draw the Beacons record now stands a 1-1-1, both overall and in the conference.  For the Crusaders they now stand with a 2-1-1 record overall, 1-1-1 in the ECAC East.

Greenberg's two-goal afternoon marked the first of the career for the senior forward, who has been battling back from an injury which sidelined her last season.  Greenberg now leads the team in scoring through the first three games, as she is averaging one goal per game (3 goals).

Between the pipes Schaejbe was solid in only her third collegiate start.  After a quiet and fairly even first two periods, the freshman had to elevate her game in the third and in the overtime, as she faced a rapid fire of shots from the Crusaders.  After totaling just 16 stops in the first 40 minutes of play, the freshman had to come up with 30 saves over the next 25 minutes of play to help her team to the conference tie.

On the day, Holy Cross led the contest in shots with 48, while UMass Boston tallied 23 shots.  In the overtime, the Beacons defense was solid for all five minutes as they faced a total of nine shots from the Crusaders.  On the other side of the ice Holy Cross goalie Alexandra Stevenson did not have to make a single save in the final five minutes of play.

The Crusaders owned the only power-play goal in the contest, which they scored midway through the second period to take a 2-1 lead.  Holy Cross went 1-for-4 overall, while UMass was 0-for-3 on the man-up opportunities. 

Holy Cross struck first in Friday's contest as Katie Goguen ended the scoreless draw with 1:12 left in the opening frame.  Greenberg wasted no time in the second tying the score at 1-1 as she drove home an Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) pass at the 4:24 mark.  Six minutes later Nicole Giannino put the Crusaders back in the lead on her power-play tally.

The score remained in favor of Holy Cross for the final nine minutes of the second and first 10:32 of the third.  It was then that Greenberg struck again giving her team the much needed goal and eventually forced the overtime period.

In the extra frame, Holy Cross did not allow UMass Boston to cross the blue line once as they peppered the Beacons defense.  However with save after save from Schaejbe the Beacons held on to earn the win, despite spending most of the period on the penalty-kill.

Women's Hockey returns to the Clark Ice Arena tomorrow when they host Salve Regina University at 1 p.m. in an ECAC East contest.