November 25, 2012

Colby College Edges Women's Hockey 4-3 In Overtime

BOSTON, Mass.—Megan Fortier scored her first collegiate goal with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Colby College (2-2) over UMass Boston (2-5-1) 4-3, and spoil the Beacons comeback efforts Sunday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Rink.

After falling behind 3-0 six minutes into the second period, the Beacons stormed back to tie the game with 29 seconds in regulation, but fell just short of earning their first home win of the year.

Sophomore Dylan Caron (Burrillville, R.I.) scored her first two goals of the season, including the tying goal in regulation. Assistant captain Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) added a goal and an assist for UMB, who fell to 0-3-1 at home this year. Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.), Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) and Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) each added an assist for the Beacons.

Colby College's leading scorer Annie Papadellis continued her red-hot start to the season with her third and fourth goals of the year to help the Mules even their record.

In net, freshman Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) recovered from a slow start to make 25 saves on 29 shots. After giving up three goals on the first 11 shots she faced, Schejbe proceeded to make 17 straight saves, before Fortier beat her in overtime.

Junior goaltender Brianne Wheeler was just as good, making 31 saves on 34 shots. The Second Team All-NESCAC goalie made 31 saves for the second straight season against the Beacons, to help Colby College improve to 4-1-1 all-time against UMB in non-conference play.

UMass Boston used a strong final 35 minutes of the contest to earn the edge statistically. The Beacons outshot the Mules 34-29 and won 36 faceoffs, compared to 31 for Colby College.

Samantha Slotnick got the Mules going in the first period when she slipped a shot by Schaejbe at the 9:39 mark. Lauren Guarente picked up an assist on the marker.

Almost 10 minutes later, Papadellis doubled the Mules lead, when she took passes from Fortier and Slotnick and rammed a shot by Schaejbe at 19:23.

With the two teams playing 4-on-4 early in the second period, Papadellis won a faceoff and shot the puck high over Schaejbe's shoulder to make it 3-0 Colby College.

The Mules momentum wouldn't last very long, as Caron made it 3-1 at 9:43 of the second period. On what looked like a broken play, Cavolo sent a pass to Caron, who notched her first goal of the season and seventh of her career.

LaRosa would put the pressure on Colby College just over two minutes later, when Loiselle and Kiernan set up LaRosa to make it 3-2 at the 11:33 mark. Colby College head coach David Venditti immediately called timeout to help settle his team and it paid off as the two teams would go scoreless for over 25 minutes.

Despite a strong finish to the second period and a strong third, the Beacons struggled to find the equalizer through the first 19 minutes of the third. UMass Boston outshot the Mules 24-16 over the second and third and mounted numerous strong chances, only to be stymied by the Colby College defense and Wheeler in the crease.

The Beacons finally tied the score at 3-3 when they pulled Schaejbe with just over 80 seconds to play. After Colleen Harris called her timeout, the Beacons six skaters took their time and LaRosa found Caron in the slot for a high shot that just barely beat Wheeler at 19:31 of the third period.

Colby College dominated the first two minutes of the overtime but couldn't put a shot on net. The Beacons responded with two aggressive minutes of play and just missed out on the game winner. Loiselle camped out just outside the crease on the far side and received a pass with Wheeler out of position, but her laser shot went just wide and ended up hitting the boards rather than the twine.

Fortier would make the Beacons pay just over a minute later when she and Kathryn Shei skated in and put pressure on the Beacons defense. The Colby forecheck was so strong that a Beacons defender turned over the puck when falling to the ground, and just seconds later Fortier emptied her team's bench by finding the back of the net.

UMass Boston will finish off their fall semester next weekend when they host Castleton State College Friday at 4 p.m. and New England College Saturday at 1 p.m.