Feb. 11, 2011
BOSTON, MA - Freshman forward Sarahanne Cavolo's (Roxbury, NH) goal with 11:10 remaining in the second period proved to be the game-winner to lift the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over Saint Michael's College, 2-1, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. With the win, the Beacons improve to 11-9-0 overall and 8-7-0 in the ECAC East while the Purple Knights fall to 4-16-2 and 3-10-2.
Cavolo's fourth goal of the season came at the 8:50 mark of the middle period when the rookie beat Saint Michael's sophomore goaltender Erin Stevens (Watertown, CT) with a low shot that just snuck inside the far post to give the Beacons a 2-1 lead. Sophomore forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) and freshman blueliner Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, NY) were both credited with assists on the game-winner.
The Purple Knight got on the scoreboard first when junior forward Kiera Nelligan (Melrose, MA) redirected a shot past UMass Boston sophomore netminder Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK) to put Saint Michael's on top, 1-0, just 7:39 into the first period. After junior forward Kelly McDonald won a faceoff in the Beacons defensive zone she fed sophomore defensemen Allison Graf (Long Lake, MN) at the point for an open shot on Cudmore. Nelligan helped the shot find the back of the net as both McDonald and Graf were credited with assists on the play. UMass Boston would even the score at the 13:20 mark of the first when senior forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) lit the lamp for her eighth goal of the campaign. Sousa was assisted by senior blueliner Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) and senior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) before she would do the rest with a nifty back-hand shot just in front of the net to make it a 1-1 contest midway through the opening frame.
Sousa's goal gives her 97 career points as the senior is now just three points shy of becoming the fourth player in the program's history to reach the 100 point milestone.
On the afternoon the Beacons outshot the Purple Knights, holding a 28-26 shot advantage while both teams failed to convert on any power play opportunities as UMass Boston was 0-for-3 and Saint Michael's was 0-for-2 on the extra skater advantage.
Cudmore finished the game with 25 save to improve to 3-2-0 on the season while Stevens made 26 stops in net for Saint Michael's.
Both teams return to action tomorrow as the Beacons host No. 4 Norwich University at 2:00 p.m. while the Purple Knights travel to Saint Anselm College for a 1:00 p.m. contest.