Nov. 18, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) tallied a career-high five points and netted her second career hat trick to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting Saint Anselm College, 7-3, tonight in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons snap a seven-game losing streak to the Hawks and improve to 3-1-1 overall and the same in ECAC East play, while Saint Anselm suffers its first defeat to fall to 4-1-0 and 4-1-0.
Senior forward Bianca DeSantis (Georgetown, MA) took a feed from freshman forward Aly Zappen (Huntington Beach, CA) and sophomore forward Chelsea Fillingim (Fairbanks, AK) and opened the game's scoring for the Hawks with her third goal of the season coming on a five on three power play at 8:22 of the first period. UMass Boston responded mightily with six unanswered scores, including four on the power play to take a 6-1 lead. Nasta knotted the score at 1-1 with a power play goal on a helper from freshman forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) at 14:45 and sophomore Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) then found Nasta for her second goal of the evening on the power play with just 1:21 to go in the opening period to give UMB a 2-1 edge. Senior forward Maria Guanci (Everett, MA) continued the Beacons' success on the power play with her first goal of the season coming on an assist from Gillis and sophomore forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) just 33 seconds later for a 3-1 margin. Gillis kept the momentum alive in the second period for UMass Boston with the first goal of the stanza on an assist from Nasta at the 8:05 mark, followed by Nasta's third goal of the night and fourth of the season on a helper from freshman defenseman Emily Brienzo (Greenfield, WI) just 1:39 later for a 5-1 advantage. Brienzo followed her first collegiate point with her first career goal on the power play when Guanci and junior blueliner Jacqui Villani (West Roxbury, MA) combined on the assist with 1:37 left in the second period to give the Beacons a 6-1 lead.
Saint Anselm responded with the first two goals of the third period when freshman forward Cierra Romaldo (Chuluota, FL) and freshman defenseman Jamie Comrie (Asburn, VA) fed senior forward Kelsey Johnson (Byfield, MA) for her third goal of the year at 8:42 and DeSantis set up freshman forward Michelle Lacombe (Delafield, WI) for her first collegiate goal just 64 seconds later to cut the deficit to 6-3 for the Hawks. UMass Boston capped the scoring with another power play score when Nasta blasted a shot from the middle of the circles and junior forward Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, MA) redirected it into the net for her first goal of the season at 17:49. Sophomore defenseman Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) was also credited with an assist on the goal to make it 7-3.
The Beacons were 5-10 on the power play to set a school-record for power play scores, while limiting Saint Anselm to just one goal in nine chances on its power play. Nasta also extended her point-scoring streak to 11 straight games, dating back to last season.
UMass Boston freshman goaltender Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK) earned her first collegiate victory with 30 saves to give her 74 in her first two contests, while freshman goalie Amy Zappen (Huntington Beach, CA) stopped 13 of 18 shots in 30:38 of action for the Hawks, before yielding to sophomore Carley Berry (Danvers, MA), who played the final 29:22 and turned away 14 of 16 shots that she faced.
The Beacons will be in action again when they travel to New London, CT to take on Connecticut College on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m., while Saint Anselm hosts Plymouth State University on Friday, November 21 at 4:00 p.m.