Nov. 13, 2009
HARRISVILLE, RI - Seven different players scored to fuel the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over host Nichols College tonight, 7-3, in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East game at the June Rockwell Levy Rink in Harrisville, RI. The Beacons improve to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in ECAC East play, while the Bison fall to 0-2 and 0-2.
Freshman defenseman Allison Manzella (Framingham, MA) lit the lamp with her first collegiate goal to put UMass Boston on the board less than seven minutes into the game when she buried a centering pass from behind the net from senior forward Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, MA). Senior blueliner Katelyn Pohlman (Newton, MA) picked up the second assist with the originating pass.
Nichols sophomore forward Haylie Carter (Forney, TX) had a chance while shorthanded less than two minutes later as she picked off a pass in the neutral zone and cruised in unopposed with classmate Hannah Tardif (Laconia, NH). Carter chose to take the shot herself, but Beacons' sophomore goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) came up with a big save.
The Beacons struck again at the midway point of the opening period when senior Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) finished off a pass from junior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA), placing it high past Nichols goalie Melanie Spears' (Woburn, MA) shoulder to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. With less than a minute left in the first stanza, junior forward Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA) planted a rebound for a 3-0 lead. Lajoie's original shot from the left side was stopped by Spears, but the rebound popped out to the right where Kirwan pushed the puck into the open net. UMass Boston extended its lead to four less than eight minutes into the second period as Nasta returned the favor to Duran with a centering pass from behind the net that Duran placed high past Spears' blocker at 7:42.
Nichols cracked the scoring column just over a minute later, however, as Mandy Manopla (West Palm Beach, FL) poked in a loose puck fired in by Carter at 9:31. Carter got the play rolling by carrying the puck up the right boards from the neutral zone before taking aim at Hallett. The puck dropped at the near post for Manopla to push in. The Bison cut the Beacons' lead in half with 18 seconds left with a power play marker from Tardif, her first of the season. Cheryl Pitts (Wakefield, MA) fired from the right circle and Tardif deflected the puck toward the net. Hallett made the stop, but the puck rolled up over her back and into the net for a 4-2 score.
Junior forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) edged UMass Boston ahead by three at the get-go of the third, rattling off an unassisted goal 11 seconds into the final frame for a 5-2 advantage. Beacons' sophomore forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) added another score with 7:34 remaining, firing from the low right side into the upper left corner before Tardif potted her second of the night two minutes later. Carter centered a pass from Manopla to Tardif, who was waiting at the doorstep, and Tardif wristed it high past Hallett's glove to pull Nichols to within 6-3.
Hallett earned the win with 28 saves, while Spears made 44 stops. Nichols finished 1-for-4 on the power play while holding the Beacons scoreless in four opportunities.
The Bison kick off a six-game road trip on Saturday in a 3 p.m. ECAC East game at Manhattanville. UMass Boston travels to Salve Regina for an 8 p.m. conference game Saturday.
Material used in this report courtesy of Nichols College Sports Information.