Feb. 18, 2011
CASTLETON, VT - Senior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) netted two goals while senior forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) dished out two assists to collect her 100th career point to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Castleton State College Friday evening in Castleton, VT. With the victory, the Beacons improve to 13-10-0 on the year, 9-8-0 in the ECAC East while the loss drops the Spartans to 5-16-2 and 3-13-1.
The Spartans skated out to an early 1-0 lead as Laura Szwed (White Lake, MI) scored her ninth goal of the season just five minutes and 26 seconds into the contest. Eileen Coyne (North Attleboro, MA played the puck up to the right wing where Amy Costa (Bristol, R.I.) played a centering pass to Szwed who deposited inside the left post. The goal gives Szwed 24 for her career, tying the program record. Castleton made it 2-0 on a Stephanie Bardell (Erwina, A.) tally just over a minute later. Nicole Ruman (Riverside, CA) forced a turnover and dug the puck out of the corner, passing it to Bardell who roofed her fourth goal of the season.
Duran sliced the Spartan lead in half on a beautiful feed from Sousa with just over two minutes left in the first period. Duran then netted the equalizer two minutes into the second period off a Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, NH) assist, knotting the score at 2-2 and giving the Beacons the momentum heading into the third period. The goal was the senior tri-captains 50th of her career.
Freshman forward Katie Loiselle (Gloucester, RI) gave the Beacons a lead they would not relinquish, as the freshman potted her first collegiate marker 20 seconds into the third period. Senior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OO) forced a turnover behind the Spartan net and found Loiselle all alone in front of the cage for the goal. Freshman blueliner Brittany Dawber (Southbridge, MA) then scored what proved to be the game winner nine minutes later, corralling a loose puck just inside the blue line, and skating in all alone for the goal.
Coyne brought the Spartans back to within a goal, scoring on a 5-on-3 advantage, but it was as close as Castleton would come. Costa fed Bardell, who fired a shot from the point that Coyne redirected into the net for her first of the season. UMass Boston would add an empty netter on Smith's team-leading 13th goal of the season to cap the scoring and give the visitors the 5-3 road win. Duran and Sousa were both credited with assists on the marker, giving Sousa 100 career points. She becomes only the fourth player in program history to reach the milestone and now has 37 career goals and 67 career assists.
Sophomore goaltender Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, Saskatchewan) picked up the win for the Beacons, stopping 11 shots on goal. Amanda Hoy (Brockport, N.Y.) made 35 saves for the Spartans.
Both teams return to action tomorrow afternoon as Castleton plays host to St. Anslem and 3 p.m., while the Beacons travel to New England College for a 1 p.m. faceoff.