Nov. 7, 2009

BOSTON, MA - Senior defenseman Sarah Fullerton (Port Tobacco, MD) scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left on the clock in the first period to lift Manhattanville College women's ice hockey over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-2, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The contest was the first of the season for the Valiants, who improve to 1-0-0, 1-0-0 in ECAC East play while the Beacons fall to 0-2-0 and 0-2-0.

Fullerton's first goal of the season came at 19:53 of the first period on what seemed to be a broken play. The Beacons dumped the puck into Manhattanville's zone hoping to run out the clock but freshman forward Jessica Kehoe (Kemptville, ONT) was able to intercept the pass and feed Fullerton for the score to put the visitors on top for good, 3-2.

UMass Boston came out fast and jumped out to an early two-goal lead before the Valiants could answer. Junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) put the Beacons on the board with an unassisted goal, her first of the season, at 3:19 into the opening stanza. Less than three minutes later, UMass Boston lit the lamp for a second time when sophomore forward Samantha Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) beat Manhattanville senior goaltender Sophia Kokkonis (East Meadow, NY) with a glove side wrist shot. Phillips was assisted by freshman forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) and sophomore defenseman Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, NY) at 5:55 into the first to make it a 2-0 contest.

Manhattanville cut the Beacons' lead in half with a power play goal at 14:58 of the first on freshman forward Alyssa Taylor's (Craik, SK) first collegiate goal. Taylor was assisted by freshman blueliner Lauren Nutkevitch (Montreal, QUE) to make it a 2-1 UMass Boston advantage. The Valiants weren't through with the scoring as sophomore forward Jessica Frump (Saugus, CA) netted her first goal of the 2009-10 campaign at 18:20 of the first period to knot the contest at 2-2. Frump was assisted by freshman forward Lynsey Schill (Waterloo, ONT), her first collegiate point. The game looked to be heading into the first intermission tied at two until Fullerton's late period heroics.

After a scoreless second period, the Valiants were able to put the game away with a pair of shorthanded goals in the third period. Freshman forward Mary Rose Morrison (Ridgefield, CT) made it a 4-2 game with her first collegiate tally, 5:19 into the third on an assist from freshman defenseman Erin Sidjak (Delta, BC). Freshman forward Katie Lane capped the scoring with her first collegiate goal 9:44 into the third period to put the Valiants ahead, 5-2. On the afternoon, Manhattanville outshot the Beacons, 47-17.

After allowing two goals on the first three shots she faced, Kokkonis was able to rebound and shut down the Beacons the rest of the way, collecting 15 saves in the victory. For UMass Boston, sophomore goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) made 42 saves in a solid showing between the pipes. The effort was the netminder's second consecutive 40-plus save performance to mark the first time in school history that a UMass Boston goaltender has opened up the season with 40 or more saves in back-to-back contests. Hallett recorded 48 saves last night in the Beacons' 6-2 loss to Holy Cross.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, November 13 when it travels to Harrisville, RI to take on Nichols College at Levy Rink at 7:30 p.m. in another ECAC East showdown. Manhattanville will skate again the same night when they host College of the Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m.