BOSTON, Mass. – With 53 seconds left in the second period Edy Mortiz (Guilford, Conn.) scored a hard fought goal, which proved to be the deciding marker as women's hockey earned a 3-2 New England Hockey Conference win over Manhattanville College Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 3, Manhattanville College 2
UMass Boston (18-7-0, 12-5-0 NEHC)
Manhattanville College (15-8-2, 12-4-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Even at 2-2, Moritz was able to find a lane as time continued to wind down quickly. The sophomore forward went right to goal and beat Manhattanville's Rose Pijaca near side to give the Beacons a huge momentum builder heading into the second intermission.
In the third period the Beacons locked down defensively, and held the Valiants scoreless. Manhattanville posted a combined 21 shots over the final 20 minutes of play, but with the solid team effort by UMass Boston, they were unable to score the equalizer.
Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.), who played one of her best games of the year, got the Beacons on the board late in the first period to tie the score at 1-1. Freshman Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.) would take an initial shot from the blue line, with Pijaca unable to collect the puck. The loose puck would find Bianchini wide open where she fired home a one-timer that found its mark.
After a goal by Manhattanville's Katherine Reilly in the first six minutes of the second, Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) would tie the score at 2-2 just over 10 minutes later on the power-play. The Valiants would fail to clear the puck past the red line, and with a bang-bang pass by Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) and Nolan, Peacock was left all alone and beat Pijaca to near post, to cap-off a three point weekend for the freshman.
Moritz's game-winner came off of a pass from Kateri McClellan (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), who initially brought the puck up at of the Beacons defensive end following a huge save by Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.). The two players would pass the puck back-and-forth, and just as the Valiants defense was about to close on Moritz she snuck the puck past Pijaca for the go-ahead score.
On the day the Beacons combined for 25 shots on goal, with Myette recording 42 stops.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, UMass Boston set a new program record for wins in a season with 18, and also tied the program record for wins at home with 10
- Saturday's contest marked the final regular season home game for seniors Lizzie Aveson (West Covina, Calif.), Kat Armstrong (Kingston, Ont.), Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Sara Alonardo (Wilmington, Mass.), and Kristina Bove (Medford, Mass.)
- This year's senior class has a combined 56 wins as a group which is tied for second most all-time by a senior class. The 2009-10 seniors and the 2010-11 seniors recorded a combined 58 wins during their time on the harbor campus.
- On the day UMass Boston went 2-for-3 on the power play, while the penalty kill held the Valiants 0-for-7
- With Saturday's 42 saves, Myette becomes just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 career saves behind Amanda Boucher '06 (1,318) and Leah Hallett '12 (2,667)
The Beacons will return to action next Saturday when they host the quarterfinal round of the NEHC Tournament. Start time for that game is 3 p.m.