BEVERLY, Mass.—Despite a phenomenal effort from junior goalie Caty Flagg (Metheun, Mass.), UMass Boston women's hockey fell 1-0 in overtime to host Endicott College Tuesday night at Raymond J. Bourque Arena.
Endicott College 1, UMass Boston 0 (OT)
(UMass Boston 1-1)
(Endicott College 1-0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Flagg made 38 saves on 39 shots in her UMass Boston debut. The junior transfer stopped nine shots in the first, 18 in the second and 10 more in the third, before posting one save in overtime.
The Beacons defense came up huge in front of her, recording 24 blocked shots on the evening.
The strong defensive effort fell just short, as Endicott College scored four minutes into the five-minute extra session.
Meaghan Farragher skated the puck into the Beacons zone and sent a hard slapshot from the near post that rebounded out to the far boards. Junior forward Jillian Gibbs collected the puck and drove to the top of the slot before unleashing a hard slapshot that went just over Flagg's shoulder with one minute left in overtime.
UMass Boston actually had the better end of things in the first period, as they outshot the Gulls by a narrow 10-9 margin.
Endicott turned the game on its face in the second, when they earned an 18-3 advantage in shots. The Beacons tightened the game in the third (10-8 EC), before outshooting Endicott by a narrow 3-2 margin.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Flagg spent her first two seasons at the University of New England. She earned New England Hockey Conference Goalie of the Year honors last season, after posting 30 or more saves on 10 occasions.
- The Beacons earned a 23-22 edge in face-offs. Sophomore Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) won all five face-offs she took.
- Sophomore Jane Ann Drill (Madison, Wisc.) recorded a team-high five blocked shots in her season-debut. Lizzy Saxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Elie Fallieras (Colombus, Ohio) both had four blocked shots.
- Endicott goalie Vendela Jonsson made 24 saves in her first shutout of the season.
UMass Boston will open New England Hockey Conference play on Friday at 4 p.m., when they host Plymouth State University.