WOMEN'S HOCKEY FALLS AT NATIONALLY-RANKED No. 7 MIDDLEBURY, 7-2
Jan. 12, 2010
MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Middlebury College women's ice hockey team outshot visiting University of Massachusetts Boston 40-13 on its way to a 7-2 win over the Beacons (7-7) in a non-league game played at Kenyon Arena. Lauren Greer notched a hat-trick midway through the game, also earning an assist on the afternoon. The seventh-ranked Panthers (8-6) return to action on Friday and Saturday when they host top-ranked Amherst.
After controlling much of the play in the first period, Middlebury finally broke through with a pair of goals from Lauren Greer in an 11-second span late in the period. After Julia Ireland's shot was saved, Greer pounced on the rebound and quickly lifted a shot into the top of the net. Her second tally came at 18:52, when Ireland fed Greer on the left side for a quick wrister.
Middlebury scored twice in a 1:43 span early in the second period to take a 4-0 advantage. Maggie Melberg scored a power play goal at 2:38, finding the five-hole after a rebound. Nora Bergman made it a 4-0 game, redirecting a feed from Ashley Bairos at the 4:21 mark.
The lead grew to 5-0 at 11:51, as Greer notched a hat-trick on a rebound after a shot from Heidi Woodworth had been saved. UMass Boston got on the board at the 16:18 mark, as junior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season on a rebound with classmates Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME and Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) picking up the assist. Melberg closed out the second period scoring with 1:49 remaining, turning quickly and snapping shot into the net for a 6-1 lead.
Ashley Bairos scored her fifth of the season in the third period for Middlebury, before sophomore forward Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) scored the game's final goal for UMass Boston on a feed from senior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) at the 13:52 mark.
Lani Wright (44 mins, 1, GA, 7 saves) and Becca Shaw (16 min., 1 GA, 4 saves) combined in net for the Panthers, as did Leah Hallett (40 mins, 6 GA, 15 saves) and Jamie Cudmore (20 mins, 1 GA, 18 saves) for the Beacons.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, January 15 when it hosts ECAC East foe Norwich University at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.
Material used in this report courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information