Hot Start Leads Women's Hockey Past Mustangs In Season Opener

Hot Start Leads Women's Hockey Past Mustangs In Season Opener

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's hockey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 11:16, in a season-opening 5-2 win over Stevenson University at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 5, Stevenson University 2

(UMass Boston 1-0) 

(Stevenson 1-0) 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

Four different players scored and senior goalie Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 22 saves, to lead the Beacons to their second season-opening win over the Mustangs in the past three seasons. 

Senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) led the Beacons with a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally in the first period. 

Fellow seniors Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.) and Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) and junior Rachel Peacock (Billerica, Mass.) each added a goal in the victory. 

Sophomore forward Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) added a team-high two assists, to match her total from a year ago. 

Stevenson freshman Nikki Kendrick recorded a team-best one goal and one assist in her collegiate debut. Fifth-year senior Kellen Wittman added the team's second goal-in their third-straight season-opening loss. 

Sophomore Annika Carlander took the loss for the Mustangs, after allowing four goals on 12 shots through the opening 21:04. Senior Caitie Darosa made 17 saves on 18 shots over the final 39 minutes. 

UMass Boston opened the scoring just 1:21 into the game. Harris skated the puck off the far boards and was able to dive from behind the net into the low slot and easily beat Carlander for an unassisted tally.  

The Beacons doubled their advantage on their first power-play of the season. Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) won the face-off back to Leffler who darted towards the face-off circle, before spinning and sending a pass to Morrisette at the blue line. Morrisette's hard shot deflected off traffic in front and in for a 2-0 lead at 6:30. 

Morrisette made it 3-0 when she scored an unassisted goal at 11:16. The senior forward skated the puck up the far boards and sent a hard wrister that Carlander knocked down, but the rebound fell in front of Morrisette, who easily potted her 26thcareer goal. 

UMass Boston added a fourth goal just 1:04 into the second period. The Beacons carried a power-play over from the end of the first and made it 4-0 when Peacock redirected Arielle Gallucci's (Warren, N.J.) shot from the point. 

The Beacons killed their own momentum from there, as the Beacons were whistled for 10 minor penalties, including three in each period. 

Stevenson was finally able to take advantage of the Beacons' indisgressions on their eight power-play of the night. Kendrick sent a shot from the blue line that DePippo tried to steer into the far boards, but deflected into the back of her own net at 5:14 of the third. 

UMass Boston immediately responded when Beauregard scored at 7:51. The Beacons third line of Beauregard, Leffler and Kelsey Ryan (Burlington, Mass.) combined on a beautiful team goal, as Ryan sent a centering feed that Leffler tipped down and Beauregard poked home. 

Stevenson added a consolation goal with just 36 seconds remaining. After the Beacons turned the puck over in their own end, DePippo stopped Kendrick's intial shot, but Wittman was their to poked home the rebound. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Mustangs 30-24, including 8-2 in the first period. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston improved to 4-1-1 all-time against the Mustangs. The Beacons and Stevenson have met in six of the past seven seasons. 
  • The Beacons won 40 of the 56 faceoffs on the night, including 16 of 17 in the first period. 
  • Morrisette became the 11th player in program history to reach the 25-goal mark with her first goal of the game. Beauregard became the 11th player in program history to record 50 career points, with her third-period tally. 
  • DePippo was making her first collegiate Opening Night start. She made a career-high 42 saves on 43 shots last season against Stevenson in a 1-1 tie. 
  • UMass Boston went 2-5 on the power-play, while holding the Mustangs for a 1-10 showing. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will face a tough test on Tuesday, when they travel to Endicott College for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest. The Gulls defeated the Beacons 2-1 in overtime in last year's Codfish Bowl Championship Game.