Nov. 26, 2008
NEW LONDON, CT - The UMass Boston women's ice hockey team scored three times in a span of 2:11 in the third period to overcome a two-goal deficit and come away with a 4-3 victory over host Connecticut College tonight in New London, CT. The Beacons improve to 4-1-1 on the season, while the Camels fall to 1-2-0.
UMass Boston owned a 1-0 edge through two periods of play, before sophomore forward Rachel Nelson (Denver, CO) netted her first goal of the season for Connecticut College just 10 seconds into the final period to knot the score at 1-1. It was the first of three straight goals for the Camels as freshman forward Ashleigh Kowtoniuk (Johnstown, PA) potted her first collegiate goal on a feed from junior forward Rachel Lindmark (Andover, MA) less than three minutes later at the 3:08 mark and then netted her second goal of the night on a helper from sophomore forward Kelsey Kirker (Milton, VT) and Courtney Smith (Framingham, MA) at the 8:18 mark of the third stanza for a 3-1 lead.
The Beacons pulled to within 3-2 on the power play when senior forward Maria Guanci (Everett, MA) netted her second goal of the year at 10:20 of the final period, but that wasn't all as sophomore forward Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA) followed just 1:31 later with her first goal of the campaign to pull UMB even on an assist from freshman defenseman Brittany Usmail (New Hartford, CT) at 11:51. It took just 40 seconds for the Beacons to take the lead for good when sophomore forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) slammed home her team-leading fifth goal of the season on a feed from junior forward Katelyn Lajoie (Marlboro, MA) and Guanci at the 12:31 mark of the third period for a 4-3 margin.
UMass Boston wasted no time opening the night's scoring when junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) set a school-record with a point in her 12th consecutive game on a helper to freshman forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT), who connected for her fourth goal of the year just 1:43 into the contest for a 1-0 edge.
Freshman goaltender Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) made her first collegiate start for the Beacons and stopped 24 shots to earn the victory, while senior Lauren Mellen (Joliet, IL) made 16 saves for Connecticut College.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, December 5 when it hosts Castleton State College at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Camels travel to Worcester, MA on December 2 to take on College of the Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m.