January 31, 2014

Women’s Ice Hockey Pounds Nichols for 5-2 Conference Win

HARRISVILLE, R.I. - Led by Samantha Fallon's (Pembroke, Mass.) first career hat trick women's ice hockey (9-8-3, 5-6-0 ECAC East) cruised to a 5-2 ECAC East conference win over the Bison of Nichols College (4-16-0, 2-9-0) Friday evening at June R. Levy Rink.

Fallon's tremendous showing highlighted an explosive second period for the Beacons as they scored all five of their goals in a 13 minute window.  The sophomore forward scored the first two goals of the frame, the first coming at the 3:01 mark, followed by her second a mere 36 seconds later on the power-play. 

Setting up the first goal by Fallon was Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) who blasted a shot off of the Nichols goalie, which then landed in front of the crease.  Fallon would win the battle to the puck and tapped it in to make it 1-0 in favor of the Beacons.  She earned her second of the night after cleaning up another rebound, this time she managed to backhand it in to the top right corner to extend UMass Boston's lead.

Nichols managed to cut the deficit in half, but that did not last long as the Beacons went on a 3-0 run with Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) and Fallon both scoring on the power-play, while Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.) capped off the scoring frenzy with her fifth goal of the year at 15:45.

Fallon now sits with a team-best 12 goals and pushes UMass Boston above the .500 mark for the first time since the 2010-11 season finale.  The hat trick is also the first by a UMass Boston player since February 27, 2010, when 100-point scorer Maria Nasta '13 dominated the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine.

The Beacons special teams were nearly perfect in Friday's win as they finished 3-for-4 on the power-play.  They were a perfect 3-for-3 in the huge second period.  As a team the Beacons were impressive from start to finish as they outshot Nichols 41-23, which included a 19-8 advantage in the second period.

Between the pipes Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) evened her overall record at 5-5-0 after grabbing 21 saves.  Nichols' Francesca Palazzo was handed the loss after allowing all five goals in the second period.  She did manage 26 saves before switching spots with Tori Gianformaggio who made a combined 20 stops to close out Friday's loss.

Women's Hockey returns to action tomorrow when they face Manhattanville College at 3 p.m. at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford, Conn.