January 17, 2014

Women's Hockey Falls to Castleton State in ECAC East Play

BOSTON, Mass. - Led by Taylor Steadman's three goals the Spartans of Castleton State College defeated women's ice hockey by the final of 4-1 Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

With Friday's loss to the Beacons seven-game unbeaten streak came to an end, one short of tying the program record.  The loss also dropped their record to 6-7-3, 2-5-0 in the ECAC East.  The Spartans improved to 10-6-0, 5-2-0 in the conference.

Steadman's hat-trick started in the first period with about eight minutes left in the opening frame.  She then recorded her second goal at the 12:46 mark of the third, before capping off the three goal showing with 25 seconds left in regulation.  Allie Howard also found the back of the net for Castleton State on an empty-netter at 18:32 of the third. 

For the Beacons they ended the Spartans shutout bid with 33 seconds left in the contest when Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) scored an extra man goal off of a Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) assist. 

The goal marked the fifth of the year for the senior as she continues to lead the Beacons in points with 10.  Fallon's assist marked the first of the season for the Pembroke native. 

Between the goal posts Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) played a solid game allowing just the one goal through the first two periods of play.  The Arlington native totaled 30 stops in the contest, while her Castleton counterpart Paula Stephens managed 37 saves.

Both teams had their chances in the first 20 minutes of play with their respective goalies making save after save.  Castleton went into the first intermission up by one goal having outshot the Beacons 16-9.

However in the second UMass Boston began to pepper Stephens, but the junior netminder was able to stop every shot that came in her crease.  The Beacons went into the locker room for the final intermission having outshot their conference rivals 12-8. 

The third period would once again favor UMass Boston in the shots column (17-10), but it was the final two minutes of play coupled with an early power-play goal that would secure the victory for the Spartans.  In the final one minute, 28 seconds the two teams would exchange goals first with the empty-netter from Howard.  Then it was Loiselle less than a minute later, followed by the Steadman's final tally 12 seconds after that.

Women's Hockey returns to action tomorrow when they host New England College at 1 p.m.