Jan. 17, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Natalie Zitek (Charleston, WV) and sophomore forward Holly Nonis (Hampton, ONT) each tallied a goal and added an assist to lead the Manhattanville College women's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-1, this afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 7-5-1 overall and 6-3-1 in league play, while the Valiants win their 12th straight game to improve to 13-1-0 and 11-1-0.
Manhattanville got on the board first with a power play goal from junior defenseman Alex Findlay (Collingwood, ONT) for her fourth tally of the year on a helper from senior forward Alex Blackwell (Brewster, NY) at 9:26 of the first period. Sophomore forward Shannon Coffey (Malden, MA) and junior forward Monique Rafferty (Clifton, NY) combined to find Zitek for her sixth goal of the season to increase the Valiants' margin to 2-0 with 50 seconds left in the opening period.
Sophomore forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) cut the deficit in half for UMass Boston with her seventh goal of the year at 3:42 of the second period, but Manhattanville wasted no time in responding when Zitek found junior blueliner Sarah Fullerton (Port Tobacco, MD just 17 seconds later for her fourth marker of the season at 3:59 for a 3-1 lead. Blackwell and freshman forward Michelle Wieczorek (Mountain Lakes, NJ) assisted on Nonis' 13th tally of the season at 12:06 of the second period for the Valiants and Nonis and Wieczorek combined to feed senior defenseman Erin Brawley (Stratford, CT) 77 seconds after that for her second goal of the campaign to cap the scoring at 5-1
Freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 30 shots for the Beacons, while junior goalie Sophie Kokkonis (East Meadow, NY) earned the victory with 22 saves for Manhattanville.
UMass Boston will get right back at it with a 4:00 p.m. match-up with nationally-ranked number three Middlebury College on Tuesday, January 20 at the Clark Athletic Center.