January 25, 2014

Women's Hockey Closes Homestand With a 3-1 Win over St. Michael's College

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's hockey raced out to a 2-0 lead after one period and held on for a 3-1 victory over St. Michael's College Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Ice Arena.

With the win, UMass Boston evened their record at 8-8-3 and 4-6 in ECAC East play. The loss dropped the Purple Knights to 1-14-2 and 0-9-1 in conference play.

Courtney White (Medford, Mass.), Alexa Cappione (Massena, N.Y.) and Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) for the Beacons who finished off their season-high eight-game home-stand 5-2-1.

Goaltender Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) stopped 24 of 25 shots to move to 4-5 on the season. The sophomore netminder came up huge for UMass Boston in the first two periods, with 11 saves in the first and 10 more in the second.

Emily Loebs scored the lone tally for the Purple Knights, while Trina Frasca stopped 28 of 31 shots for St. Michael's.

White opened the scoring for the Beacons when she knocked home a rebound off of Kristen Embrey's (Highland Ranch, Colo.) shot from the slot to give UMass Boston a 1-0 lead 3:28 into the first period. With the puck sitting on the edge of the crease, White tapped it through Frasca's pads for her second goal in three games.

UMass Boston added to their lead just before the end of the first, when Cappione potted her first collegiate goal. The sophomore defenseman skated into the zone and roofed a wrister over Frasca's pads for a 2-0 Beacons lead with 30.4 seconds to go in the period.

Loebs put her team on the board 15 minutes into the second period when she converted on the power-play. After taking passes from Erin Dwyer and Sarah Bagley, Loebs slipped a low shot past Schaejbe who never saw the puck because of traffic in front of the net.

The Beacons picked up a much-needed insurance goal 2:56 into the third when Fallon registered her team-leading ninth tally of the year. Fallon slipped a shot past the Purple Knights goaltender on the power-play, with Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and Emily Howard (Terryville, N.Y.) picking up assists on the play.

UMass Boston finished the contest with a 31-25 shot advantage thanks to a 15-4 edge in the third period. Both teams struggled on the power-play all afternoon long, as the Beacons finished 1-for-6 and St. Michael's ended the game 1-for-7.

The Beacons will take their first road trip of the year Friday when they travel to Burrilville, R.I. to take on Nichols College at 6:40 p.m.