Feb. 20, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped all 26 shots she faced to register her second career shutout and lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting New England College, 4-0, this evening in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons clinch an ECAC East home playoff game for the fourth straight season and improve to 12-10-2 overall and 11-6-2 in ECAC East play, while the Pilgrims fall to 11-11-2 and 8-8-2.
Sophomore forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) put UMass Boston on the board with her 16th goal of the season coming on a helper from junior forward Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, MA) and senior forward Maria Guanci (Everett, MA) at 13:51 of the opening period.
Sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) netted the second period's only goal for the Beacons when freshman forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) and junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) combined to find her at the 8:09 mark for a 2-0 margin.
UMass Boston increased its lead to 3-0 with a power play score at 9:59 of the third period, thanks to sophomore defenseman Jazz Webber's (Winslow, ME) fifth goal of the season coming on an assist from sophomore Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) and Nasta. It was the 26th helper of the campaign for Nasta to tie Andrea Ciarletta's (2003-07) five-year old single-season school-record for assists. Sousa capped the scoring for the Beacons with a shot as she was falling forward that found the back of the net with 11:46 gone in the final period for a 4-0 lead.
Hallett becomes the third player in UMass Boston history to record at least two shutouts in a season. Freshman goaltender Teraysa White (Belgrade, ME) made 36 saves for the Pilgrims.
The Beacons will be in action again on Sunday, February 22 when they travel to Castleton, VT to take on Castleton State College in an ECAC East contest at 5:30 p.m., while New England College goes to Rye, NY to take on Manhattanville College on February 21 at 7:00 p.m.