Feb. 20, 2010
MANCHESTER, NH - The Saint Anselm College women's hockey team hosted the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons this afternoon in its final game of the 2009-2010 regular season. The Hawks ended the season just as they began it, claiming a shutout victory with Amy Zappen (Huntington Beach, CA) in the goal. The 3-0 victory lifts the Hawks to 14-10-1 (12-6-1 ECAC East), while the Beacons fall to 16-9 (13-6 ECAC East). The Beacons end the season just one point ahead of the Hawks, who finish in fourth and fifth place, respectively in the conference standings. UMass Boston will be the third seed in the ECAC East Tournament and will host sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine at the Clark Athletic Center with a time to be determined.
The Hawks got started quickly, as Daniella Lyons (Greene, ME) slapped a crossing shot from the left side towards sophomore goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) at 5:29 in the first. Hallett blocked the shot, but the puck dropped free right in front of the goal where Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, FL) was camped out, who tapped in the rebound to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead.
The Hawks struck again in the fifth minute of the second period, as Sarah Ellins (Greeley, CO) banked in Molly Corl's (Danvers, MA) rebound during a power play to put the Hawks up by two. Aly Zappen (Huntington Beach, CA) laced in a third Hawk goal at 12:07 in the second, to give the Hawks a 3-0 victory.
The Hawks dominated the Beacons throughout the game, outshooting them 44-16, including 14-2 in the first period alone. Hawk goaltender Amy Zappen made 16 saves in the game and picked up her fifth career shutout victory to finish the regular season with an 8-7-1 record. Hallet stopped 41 shots in the game to become the Beacons' career saves leader with 1,342.
The Hawks will play their final two games of the year next weekend, when they travel to Worcester, MA, to participate in the ECAC Open Tournament featuring Sacred Heart, Saint Michael's and the host team, Holy Cross. The first round games will be played at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 27th, and the championship and consolation games will be held on Sunday. The official tournament seeding has yet to be announced, but the Hawks will most likely face Sacred Heart (7-16-1) in the first round.
Material used in this report courtesy of Saint Anselm College Sports Information.