Feb. 28, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Molly Golden (Milton, MA) netted a pair of goals and assisted on another to lead the Salve Regina University women's ice hockey team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 7-2, this afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference East tournament at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The fourth-seeded Beacons finish their season with a 13-11-2 record, while the number five seed Seahawks improve to 17-8-1 and will move onto the semifinals on Saturday, March 7 to face the winner of number one seed Manhattanville College and seventh-seeded Castleton State College.
Salve Regina wasted no time getting on the board when freshman defenseman Jen Thiesing (Sandwich, MA) fed Golden off the game's opening faceoff for her 11th goal of the season just 16 seconds into the contest for the fastest goal ever by a UMass Boston opponent to start a game. Golden struck again with 3:59 left in the opening period with her second tally of the afternoon when she raced down the ice on a breakaway and beat the Beacons' goalie for a 2-0 margin for the visitors. Golden combined with Thiesing to find freshman forward Kathleen Roche (Boston, MA/Boston Latin) on the power play for the eventual game-winner with just 14 ticks left in the first period for a 3-0 Seahawks' lead and the most goals allowed in a period by UMB in a quarterfinals game.
UMass Boston netted the first two goals of the second period to pull within 3-2 when sophomore defenseman Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) set up junior forward Katelyn Corsino (Belmont, MA) for her first goal of the season at 6:29 and sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) followed just 1:43 later with her team-leading 20th goal of the season coming on a rebound of her own shot on the power play at 8:12. Salve Regina wasted no time in responding when Roche assisted on sophomore forward Kendra Andrie's (Muskegon, MI) sixth goal of the season just 49 seconds later to increase its lead to 4-2 and begin a string of four unanswered goals. The Beacons were unable to muster any more offense as junior forward Ally Carr (Mendham, NJ) took a pass from sophomore forward Kristen Cokely (Cambridge, MA) and buried her third goal of the year at 15:59 of the middle period for the Seahawks, before senior forward Caitlin Campbell (Hingham, MA) squirted a shot between the UMass Boston goaltender's pads for a shorthanded tally with just 28 seconds left in the period for a 6-2 advantage.
Campbell capped the game's scoring with her second goal of the day and 13th of the year with 2:16 left in the contest for a 7-2 Salve Regina lead and the most goals the Beacons have ever allowed in a quarterfinals contest.
Freshman goaltender Rebecca Simmons (Averill Park, NY) stopped 25 shots to earn the victory for the Seahawks, who pulled an upset in last year's tournament as the number five seed as well. Freshman goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) made 27 saves for UMass Boston, which lost its first quarterfinal game since a 4-0 loss at New England College on February 26, 2005. The game was also the last for senior forward Maria Guanci (Everett, MA), who played in her 99th career game to rank sixth at UMass Boston. She finishes her career with 57 points on 19 goals and 38 assists.