Feb. 3, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, MA - The MIT women's ice hockey team saw its program-record four game winning streak snapped Tuesday night, falling to University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-1, in ECAC East action. Sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) scored twice for the Beacons, who improved to 9-8-2 overall and 8-5-2 in ECAC play. The loss dropped the Engineers to 6-10-1 both overall and in conference.
Freshman defenseman Emily Brienzo (Greenfield, WI) opened the scoring midway through the first at 9:45 with her second of the season for UMass Boston, from sophomore forwards Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) and Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA). The goal was the first allowed by MIT goaltender Rachel Bowens-Rubin in over 130 minutes after registering shutouts in her last two outings. Freshman forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) added an unassisted tally as the period wound down, splitting a pair of defenders on a tremendous individual effort with 66 seconds left in the period for her ninth goal of the season to give the Beacons a 2-0 margin. The score proved to be the eventual game-winner, giving Gillis a school-record matching five on the season.
Duran's first goal of the night came on a power-play chance late in the second stanza as she pushed a rebound past Bowens-Rubin with 3:14 to go in the period. Sophomore blueliner Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) and junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) were credited with assists on the play for a 3-0 UMB lead.
Lauren Kazmierski would give the home crowd something to cheer for early in the final period, taking a pass from Connie Lu to put the Cardinal and Grey on the board at the 3:25 mark of the period. However, Duran (from Nasta and Sousa) responded with her second marker of the game and team-leading 14th of the year almost three minutes laterfor the Beacons, to push the lead back to three with 6:23 gone in the third period and give her five multi-goal efforts on the campaign.
Bowens-Rubin made 34 saves in the losing effort. UMass Boston goaltender Leah Hallet stopped 17 of 18 shots to earn her fifth win of the year.
The two teams will return to the ice to face off again in just three days, as the Beacons host the Engineers on Friday, February 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.