Jan. 2, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 43 shots and senior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) tallied her 100th career point with a goal to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting number six nationally-ranked Lake Forest College, 3-1, today in the first round of the Third Annual Women's Codfish Bowl at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. Lake Forest is the highest-ranked team the Beacons have beaten in school history. They have now won five of their last six games and improve to 6-5-0 on the season and advance to the championship game tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. vs. Trinity College (CT), which was a 3-0 winner over Bowdoin College in the earlier first round tilt. The Foresters 10-game unbeaten streak, which was the longest in the nation, comes to an end as they fall to 8-1-2 and will take on Bowdoin in tomorrow's consolation contest at 12:00 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.
Hallett was spectacular in net for UMass Boston, holding Lake Forest to less than two goals for the first time this season. The Foresters came into the contest ranking sixth in the nation in goals per game with a 4.40 clip.
Sophomore forward Kim Herring (Dover, NH) broke into the scoring column first for Lake Forest when sophomore defenseman Molly Wallmer (Chatham, IL) fed her for her nation-leading 15th goal of the season on the power play at the 14:11 mark of the first period. It would be the final score of the afternoon for the visitors as the Beacons held them scoreless for the final 45:39 of play.
UMass Boston was held without a shot until junior blueliner Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) put a shot on net at 16:18 of the opening period on the power play. The Beacons continued to stay active following the power play and registered the equalizer when sophomore forward Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) netted her third goal of the season with 2:13 left to in the first period. UMass Boston kept the pressure on when Nasta blasted a shot from the top of the right circle and junior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) tipped the shot into the back of the net for her team-leading seventh goal of the year to give the Beacons a 2-1 edge with 1:12 left in the initial period.
Junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) and freshman forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) set up Nasta for her 100th career point and fifth goal of the campaign at 16:23 of the second period for a 3-1 UMass Boston lead.
The Foresters were unable to find the back of the net in the second and third periods, despite holding shot advantages of 15-5 and 16-5, respectively, as part of a 44-16 lead in shots for the game.
Junior goalie Brittany Lemke (Saint Charles, IL) made 13 saves for Lake Forest.