Jan. 8, 2010
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team (3-11-0, 1-10-0 ECAC East) suffered a 7-0 shutout to the visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons (7-6-0, 5-4-0 ECAC East) on Friday at Cairns Arena in South Burlington, VT. The game marked the second-to-last home contest for the Purple Knights, as they will play their next eight games on the road.
The Saint Michael's defense had a solid work ethic, as they continually denied the Beacons of many scoring opportunities. Freshman netminder Erin Stevens (Watertown, CT) stopped a Beacon's breakaway by senior Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) in the 13th minute of the game. With less than five minutes remaining in the first period, the Purple Knights found themselves in a dangerous position with a five-on-three penalty kill, at which time Beacons' sophomore defenseman Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, NY) found the back of the net for her first tally of the season on a puck from sophomore forward Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) and freshman forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA). UMass Boston followed up with a second goal just minutes later, as Nasta succeeded in scoring on Stevens, receiving help from junior blueliner Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) and senior defenseman Sandy Parlato (Needham, MA). With thirty seconds remaining, Phillips put a puck over Stevens shoulder for her fourth goal of the year, banking it off the top bar for the third and final Beacons goal of the period. Earning assists for her effort were juniors Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) and Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN).
The Beacons took the ice in the second frame and made it a four-goal game when senior forward Katelyn Corsino (Belmont, MA) scored her first goal season, assisted by junior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA). Less than a minute later, UMass Boston tallied yet another goal, as freshman forward Allison Manzella (Framingham, MA) netted a puck for her second marker of the year from seniors Katelyn Pohlman (Newton, MA) and Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, MA). Saint Michael's had 12 shots on Beacons' sophomore netminder Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) in the second period but were unable to convert any to goals. Junior Alysia Goldman (Ballston Lakes, NY) replaced Stevens in goal, setting aside 16 of the Beacons shots.
For the third frame, the Beacons replaced Hallett in net with freshman Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK). Midway through the final period, the Purple Knights found a few scoring opportunities but were unable to sneak a puck past Cudmore and the Beacons' defense. Junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) gave the Beacons their sixth goal with her second of the season, receiving the puck from junior forward Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA) and Greenberg. Nasta tallied another point minutes later when her puck deflected off Goldman and into the goal for a short-handed score and her seventh tally of the year.
For the Beacons, Hallett saved 18 shots before being replaced by Cudmore in the third period, as she went on to make seven saves. Stevens set aside 17 shots for the Purple Knights in the first period, while Goldman finished the game with 25 saves.
Saint Michael's will play the first of their next eight road games at Nichols College on Friday, January 15. The puck will drop at 8:30 p.m. for the ECAC East contest. UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, January 12 when it returns to Vermont to take on nationally-ranked number five Middlebury College at 4:00 p.m.
Material in this report courtesy of Saint Michael's College Sports Information.