Feb. 19, 2010
HENNIKER, NH - University of Massachusetts Boston's women's ice hockey forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) had a hand in all three goals leading the Beacons past host New England College, 3-2, Friday afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference game in Henniker, NH. With the win the Beacons have won 15 of their last 19 games to improve to 16-8-0 overall and 13-5-0 in ECAC East to set a new school record for overall victories and league wins. The loss drops the Pilgrims to 10-11-3 and 8-8-2 on the season.
The teams battled through the majority of the opening period scoreless before Sousa stuffed in a Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) shot at the 15:40 mark putting the Beacons up 1-0 with her eighth tally of the year. NEC's Danielle Taylor (Bridgewater, MA) responded by flicking in a loose puck with just 24 seconds remaining in the period to knot the game at 1-1.
UMass Boston regained the lead just 3:50 into the second period when Nasta scored her team-leading 17th goal on a delayed penalty assisted by Sousa. The Beacons extended their lead to 3-1 just minutes later as freshman defenseman Julia Gould (Flemington, NJ) fired in a shot for her second goal of the season assisted by sophomore forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) and Sousa at the 9:58 mark.
NEC got a goal back just two minutes later as Stephanie Speara (Stoughton, MA) redirected a Chelsea Boroski (Sterling Heights, MI) shot on a Pilgrim power-play.
The two teams battled evenly through much of the third period with the Pilgrims holding a slight 8-7 advantage in shots. NEC continued to bring the pressure late in the third period pulling the goalie, but UMass Boston sophomore goalie Leah Hallet (Rocky Hill, CT) came up with two saves in the final seconds to ensure the victory.
The Pilgrims finished the game out-shooting the Beacons 28-24.
Picking up the win in net for the Beacons was Hallet, who finished the game with 26 saves and set a new UMass Boston career mark with her 22nd collegiate victory. In net for the Pilgrims was Teraysa White (Belgrade, ME), who recorded 21 saves on the afternoon.
UMass Boston will be in action again tomorrow when it travels to Manchester, NH to take on Saint Anselm College in an ECAC East contest at 3:00 p.m., while New England College hosts Manhattanville College at 1:00 p.m.
Some material used in this report courtesy of New England College Sports Information.