WOMEN'S HOCKEY EDGED BY COLBY, 6-5
Feb. 17, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Rebecca Julian (South Windsor, CT) scored with just 2:55 left in regulation to give the Colby College women's ice hockey team a 6-5 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 11-10-2, while the Mules improve to 10-9-3.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Scarpato (Osterville, MA) fed Julian for the game-decider for Colby.
The teams took turns seizing the momentum from each other the entire night as the Mules netted the first two goals of the contest with senior forward Laura Anning (Ingramport, NS) setting up Scarpato on the power play for her 13th goal of the season at the six minute mark, before senior defenseman Amanda Comeau (Southbury, CT) scored on an assist from senior forward Colette Finley (Saint Paul, MN) on a five-on-three power play with 4:46 left in the opening period. UMass Boston responded on their own five-on-three power play when junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) and sophomore defenseman Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) combined to find sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) for her team-leading 18th goal of the season to cut the deficit in half with 3:11 to go in the first period.
The Beacons carried the momentum into the second period on another power play opportunity when Nasta connected with sophomore blueliner Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) for her fourth goal of the year at 6:59 and senior forward Maria Guanci (Everett, MA) fed sophomore forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) for her 15th tally of the season to give UMass Boston its first lead of the night at 3-2 with 12:12 gone in the period. Any momentum the home team had built up would quickly disappear when senior defenseman Heather Nickerson (Falmouth, MA) assisted on Anning's eighth score of the campaign just 52 seconds later for Colby. It would be the start of three straight goals in a span of 2:02 for the visitors. Freshman forward Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill, MA) reclaimed the lead for the Mules just 1:13 later on a helper from sophomore forward Meryl Poulin (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and freshman forward Hannah O'Brien (Wolfeboro Falls, NH), before Comeau followed with her second goal of the game and fifth of the season, just 49 seconds after that, when she intercepted a pass in the Beacons' zone and scored in the upper right corner at the 15:06 mark of the period for a 5-3 Colby margin.
UMass Boston pulled to within 5-4 with a power play goal, courtesy of Davis with her sixth goal of the year on an assist from Smith at 7:08 of the final period. The goal was also the 32nd point of her career to break the school-record for career points by a defenseman, surpassing Kristin Wilson (2004-06). The Beacons appeared to tie the contest on a Nasta score but, after consultation between the goal judge and referee, it was disallowed. UMass Boston overcame the setback and knotted the contest at 5-5 with 6:10 to go in the contest when Duran set up freshman defenseman Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, NY) for her first collegiate goal on a wicked shot from the point, before Colby would come through with the final goal.
Freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 24 shots for the Beacons, while senior goalie Lacey Brown (Freeport, ME) earned the victory with 38 saves for the Mules, who were outshot, 43-30 on the night.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, February 20 when it hosts ECAC East foe New England College at 4:00 p.m., while Colby hosts Trinity College (CT) on February 20 at 7:00 p.m.