BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Kailyn Burke's (Franklin, Mass.) 17 save and first career shutout women's ice hockey got back in the win column as they defeated New England College by the final of 4-0 Saturday afternoon in an ECAC East contest in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
With the victory, UMass ended a three-game skid and improved their overall record to 3-6-1, 3-4-1 in the ECAC East. For the Pilgrims they fell to 3-2-3, 2-2-2 in the conference.
The Beacons wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as junior Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) broke the scoreless draw just 19 seconds into the first period. Cavolo would later score her second goal of the game and third in less than 24 hours to give the Beacons a 2-0 lead midway through the third period. Assisting on both goals was sophomore Dylan Caron (Burrillville, R.I.).
Caron would also record a goal in Saturday's win, an empty-netter, at 18:44 in the third to put the final nail in the coffin for the Pilgrims. Kelsey MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.) continued her strong play, as she netted UMB's third goal of the day on the power-play off of an Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, Mass.) assist at 14:03.
For Burke her career first performance was solid from start to finish. In the first period, the sophomore netminder made a combined eight stops, while over the final two finals she recorded an additional nine saves to lead UMB to the conference win.
Her NEC counterpart, Lauren Hopps made a total of 26 saves and faced and extremely fast paced Beacons offense.
Despite suffering the tough one-goal loss to Castleton State College yesterday, the Beacons showed a tremendous energy in Saturday's showdown. Looking like a completely new squad UMB came out firing from the opening whistle and never looked back. The Cavolo goal would hold-up for almost 30 minutes of play.
As a team the Beacons limited the Pilgrims chances and were charged with only one penalty all afternoon. Burke did a great job of commanding the Beacons backline, and with stop after stop was able to keep UMass in control of the scoreboard until the breakout third period.
Women's Hockey will take the huge win into the Christmas break and will return to the ice on January 3 when they host the 6th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament. The Beacons will face Stevenson University (Md.) at 4 p.m. in the first day of the two-day tournament.