Jan. 6, 2009
BOSTON, MA - The Neumann College women's ice hockey team owned a 24-3 shot advantage in a second period that saw it score four unanswered goals en-route to a 4-3 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston today in the Consolation Game of the First Annual Women's Codfish Bowl at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of University of Massachusetts Boston. The Beacons fall to 6-3-1 on the season in their first-ever game vs. the Knights, while Neumann improves to 6-5-0.
UMass Boston owned a 2-0 lead heading into the second period, before the Knights dominated the middle period and freshman defenseman Kayla Dubowski (Emeryville, ONT) got things started with her second goal of the season coming just 1:35 into the period on the power play on a helper from senior forward Carly Fitzsimmons (Capreol, ONT) and sophomore forward Jessica Schroeder (Sudbury, ONT) to cut the deficit to 2-1. Schroeder and sophomore forward Niki Blazenko (Burlington, ONT) combined to set up freshman blueliner Brittany Metcalfe (Grand Valley, ONT) for her second goal of the year at the 11:45 mark and Schroeder picked up her third assist of the afternoon on Neumann's third straight power play tally when she fed senior defenseman Vicki Scott (Scarborough, ONT) at 17:14 of the second session for a 3-2 edge. Freshman forward Diane Peters (Leamington, ONT) fed senior forward Tabatha Schury (West Chester, PA) for the eventual game-winning score with just 48 seconds showing in the second period for a 4-2 Knights' advantage.
The Beacons pulled to within 4-3 in the third period when sophomore forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) hooked up with junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) for her second goal of the afternoon and team-leading eighth of the season at the 6:49 mark, but it would be as close as they would get for the contest.
Nasta opened the game's scoring when she was awarded a penalty shot after being brought down prior to a short-handed shot and converted on the free try with 8:53 gone in the initial period for a 1-0 UMB edge. Nasta notched the second of her three points on the afternoon when she fed sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) for a slapper from the top of the circles for her seventh goal of the campaign and a 2-0 Beacons' lead with 1:21 left in the first period
Junior goalie Laura Keeley (Germantown, MD) earned the victory for Neumann with 19 saves, while freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped a season-high 47 shots for UMass Boston.
The Beacons will be in action again when they host Saint Michael's College on Friday, January 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Knights host Sacred Heart University on January 9 at 7:00 p.m.