Jan. 20, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Three players tallied two points with a goal and an assist today for the number three Middlebury College women's ice hockey team in a 6-3 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston this afternoon in a non-conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 7-6-1 on the season, while the Panthers, who are nationally ranked by uscho.com, run their unbeaten streak to six games and improve to 9-1-3.
Sophomore forward Anna McNally (Saint Paul, MN) opened the scoring for Middlebury with an unassisted goal at 6:33 of the first period, but UMass Boston responded just over three minutes later when junior forwards Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) and Katelyn Corsino (Belmont, MA) found sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) at 9:43 to knot the score at 1-1.
The Panthers took a two-goal margin with a pair of goals in the span of nine seconds when sophomore defenseman Heidi Woodworth (Princeton, NJ) and freshman forward Maggie Melberg (Woody Creek, CO) set up junior forward Ashley Bairos (Van Nuys, CA) for her second goal of the year at the 6:10 mark and McNally fed senior forward Annmarie Cellino (West Seneca, NY) for her sixth goal of the year just nine seconds later to give Middlebury a 3-1 lead. Nasta fired a shot from the point that was redirected by Duran for her second goal of the afternoon and team-leading 10th of the season to pull the Beacons to with 3-2 with 11:29 to go in the second period on the power play, but that would be as close as they would get for the day. Junior forward Heather McCormack (Rowley, MA) potted the eventual game-winner for the Panthers on a helper from sophomore forward Nora Bergman (Concord, MA) and Bairos with just 39 seconds left in the middle period for a 4-2 margin.
Melberg and senior forward Molly Vitt (Kenilworth, IL) combined to assist senior forward Erika Nakamura (Boston, MA/Noble & Greenough) on her seventh tally of the season at the 5:58 mark of the third period for Middelbury, before sophomore forward Julia Ireland (Greenwich, CT) assisted on an empty netter on the power play for Vitt's sixth goal of the campaign with 28 seconds remaining in the game. UMass Boston struck one last time to cap the scoring with 15 ticks left on the clock when sophomore forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) found senior forward Maria Guanci (Everett, MA) for her third score of the season to make it 6-3.
Freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) was outstanding in net for the Beacons, making a school-record 56 saves to break the old mark of 54 set by Maggie Carmany on December 4, 2004 at Manhattanville College. Junior goalie Lani Wright (Reading, MA) stopped 24 shots to earn the victory for the Panthers.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, January 23 when it travels to Harrisville, RI to take on ECAC East foe Nichols College at Levy Rink at 5:30 p.m., while Middlebury hosts Williams College on January 28 at 7:00 p.m.