Feb. 12, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) tallied her second career hat trick to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting Plymouth State University, 11-0, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference contest this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons break their school record for consecutive victories with their eighth straight and have won 14 of their last 17 to improve to 15-7-0 overall and 12-4-0 in league play. UMass Boston also matches the school standard for wins in a season. The Panthers fall to 0-21-0 and 0-16-0.
The Beacons scored three times in both the first and third periods to bookend a five-goal second stanza to give them a school-record tying total of 11 to match their output in an 11-1 victory over MIT on February 9, 2007. The margin of victory is the largest in school annals.
Smith netted her first goal at 8:58 of the second period to give UMass Boston a 5-0 lead, before finding the back of the net with 2:27 left in the same period for a 7-0 Beacons' advantage. Her third goal of the day and ninth of the season came with 2:49 to go in the game for the final tally of the contest.
Junior forwards Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) and Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) each netted a pair of goals for the Beacons. Sousa also added an assist. Sophomore forward Whitney Fraleigh (Fresno, CA) and sophomore defenseman Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, NY) each recorded two points on a goal and an assist, while senior forward Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, MA) and sophomore forward Karoline Perdios (Braintree, MA) found the back of the net as well for UMass Boston.
Senior blueliner Sandy Parlato (Needham, MA), junior defenseman Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) and senior forward Katelyn Corsino (Belmont, MA) all registered multi-point efforts with a pair of assists each for the Beacons.
UMass Boston owned a 54-26 shot advantage, despite Plymouth State holding a 20-13 margin in the final period.
Freshman goalie Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK) made 26 saves to earn her first collegiate shutout for the Beacons, while junior goaltender Lauren Bonanni (Ridgefield, CT) stopped 33 of 41 shots in the first two periods of play for the Panthers, before yielding to sophomore Nicole Provencher (Guilford, CT) for the third period, where she turned away 10 of 13 shots.
UMass Boston will be in action again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. when it hosts ECAC East foe University of Southern Maine at the Clark Athletic Center, while Plymouth State travels to Harrisville, RI to take on Nichols College tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.