February 11, 2013

St. Anselm College Overpowers Women's Hockey 3-1

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind two points from senior Kathryn Picarello and a dominant time of possession, St. Anselm College (15-4-4, 10-2-4 ECAC East) skated by UMass Bsoton (8-11-4, 5-7-4) Monday evening at the Clark Athletic Center.

Picarello scored the first goal of the game and tacked on the only assist on the game-winner, to help St. Anselm College earn the season-sweep over the Beacons. Tiffany Herron and Sarah Geisinger tacked on goals for St. Anselm, who moved to 9-0-2 on the road this season. 

Sophomore Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) picked up the Beacons lone goal midway through the third but it would be all UMB could muster. Linemate Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) and Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) picked up assists on the power-play goal. 

First-year goaltender Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) made 25 stops on 28 shots, including 13 saves on 14 shots in the first stanza.

Junior netminder Lindsey Brown moved to 9-2-2 with the win by making 19 saves on 20 shots. The Mounds View, Minnesota native stopped the first 16 shots she saw, before giving up Howard's goal with less seven minutes remaining.

St. Anselm College outshot UMass Boston 28-20 for the game. The Beacons held the edge on special teams though, as UMB finished 1-for-4, while killing off all three of the Hawks power-play opportunities.

Picarello put the Hawks ahead 1-0 at the 16:19 mark of the first, when she found the puck in the middle of a scrum and poked it through Schaejbe's five-hole. Rosemarie Giarrusso and Franny Nicholson picked up assists on the play.

Midway through the second period St. Anselm made it 2-0, when Geisinger sent a puck off the back of a Beacons defender's skate, that bounced back towards the net and through Schaejbe's five-hole. Both of the Hawks first two goals occurred within six seconds of a power-play ending, with UMB stuck out on the ice with tired skaters.

St. Anselm took a commanding 3-0 lead 1:07 into the third period, when Herron grabbed a rebound and rocketed a shot top corner over Schaejbe's shoulder. Alex Kazmer and Courtney Winters were awarded assists on the play. 

UMass Boston got on the board at the 13:16 mark, when Howard started with the puck on the far boards, and skated in around a defender and slipped the puck through Brown's pads to make it 3-1. 

The Beacons could only muster two shots the rest of the way and St. Anselm controlled the puck for much of the final 6:44.

UMass Boston will continue their season-ending three-game homestand, when they host the University of Southern Maine Friday night at 4 p.m. for their annual "Pink The Rink" game.