Jan. 15, 2011
GORHAM, Maine -- Junior blueliner Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, N.Y.) snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring her first goal of the season with less than eight minutes to play and the University of Massachusetts Boston went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 3-1, Saturday afternoon in an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Women's East game at the USM Ice Arena.
The win was the second straight, and fifth in the last six games, for the Beacons, and moved them above the .500 mark for the first time this season at 7-6-0 overall (4-5-0 in ECAC play). The Huskies dropped their fourth consecutive game to slide to 3-10-1 overall (2-7-1 in ECAC play).
Moving in from blue line, Usmail took a centering pass from the left boards by senior Rachel Sousa (Woburn, Mass.) and beat USM freshman goalie Jordan Lee (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with a shot from 30 feet out at 12:52.
Senior Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, Ohio) gave the Beacons an insurance tally 25 seconds later with a well-placed shot back to the far post from the right wing circle. Senior Kelsey McCauley (Rehobeth, Mass.) and freshman Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, N.Y.) picked up the assists.
Junior goalie Leah Hallett (Rock Hill, Conn.) protected the UMB lead over the remaining 6:43 to earn her sixth win of the season. Hallett finished with 28 saves. Lee had 17 saves for USM before being lifted for the extra attacker in the final minute. Southern Maine had a 29-20 advantage in shots on goal.
After a scoreless first period, Southern Maine broke the scoring ice at the 12:00 mark of the second period. Junior Jana Sacco (Niagara Falls, Ontario) picked up a rebound 10 feet out in front of Hallett and potted her third goal of the season. Sophomore Katie Davis (Woburn, Mass.) and junior Bridget Mini (Everett, Mass.) were credited with the assists.
Freshman Jacqui Rooney (Canton, Mass.) tied the game with her first career goal at the 15:48 off assists from Sousa and rookie Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.).
Southern Maine hits the road next weekend traveling to Harrisville, R.I., to play Nichols College on Friday (7:40 p.m.). UMass Boston travels to Connecticut College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-league game.
*Release content courtest of USM Sports Information Dept.