February 16, 2013

Panthers Claw Past Women’s Ice Hockey in OT on Senior Day

BOSTON, Mass. – Meghan Cassidy recorded her second goal of the season at 1:31 of the overtime period to give Plymouth State University their first-ever win over women's hockey Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena in the ECAC East regular season finale for both teams.

Cassidy's goal which was scored on the power-play, snuck past UMB goaltender Casey Schjaebe (Arlington, Mass.) to stun the Beacons, who for the second straight game dominated their opponents offensively.  On the day, UMB outshot Plymouth State 47-20, but were only able to find the back of the net once in the first period.

With the loss, the Beacons fell to 8-13-4, 5-9-4 in the ECAC East and will be the fifth seed in next week's ECAC East tournament.  The Beacons would have been the sixth seed however a win was voided on the part of the University of Southern Maine putting, the Beacons, the Huskies and New England College in a three-way tie.  The ECAC then decided that UMB will be the fifth seed and will now face No. 4 Castleton State College next Saturday in Vermont with a start time set for 3 p.m.  The Panthers improved to a program best 5-16-4, 4-10-4 in the conference and will be the No. 8 seed and will travel to No. 1 Norwich University next Saturday.

Scoring the lone goal for UMB in the first period was Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.), her team leading 10th of the year.  Assisting on the play was senior Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, Mass.), who along with Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) and Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, Saskatchewan) were honored prior to the start of the contest by their teammates, family and friends.

Allison Collins scored the first goal of the day for the Panthers at the 11:32 mark off of Kelsey Cosby and Meghan Cassidy assists.  Even in the first period, UMB dominated the shots column as they led 11-5.  After that UMB peppered the Panthers defense relentlessly first outshooting them 14-6 in the second then 21-8 in the third.

Anchoring Plymouth State's defensive line was netminder Ali Ponte who made a combined 46 saves in the win.  Schaejbe totaled 18 saves in the conference loss. 

Women's hockey returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Castleton State for the first round of the ECAC East tournament.  A start time is set for 3 p.m.