NASTA LEADS WOMEN'S HOCKEY AT WESLEYAN, 5-3
Dec. 5, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, CT - The University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team (3-4-0) picked up a pair of power-play goals during a span of 1:39 in the middle of the second period and it proved to be the difference as the visiting Beacons skated away with a 5-3 decision over Wesleyan University (0-5).
Senior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) led the Beacons with two goals and an assist.
Junior forward Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA) scored what proved to be the game-winner at 17:32 of the second period, going end-to-end before tucking in a backhander just inside the right goal post from two feet out. That gave UMB a 4-2 lead at the time as the Beacons scored three unanswered goals in the second frame to erase a 2-1 deficit after one period.
Wesleyan got goals from sophomore Jill Reynolds and freshman Becca Koppel 4:06 apart in the first period to spot the Cardinals the lead. UMass Boston had gotten on the board just 1:07 into the contest as a slow shot from the right circle by Nasta eluded Wesleyan goalie freshman Ashleigh Corvi (19 saves).
Nasta's second goal came at 7:52 of the second period while the Beacons enjoyed a two-skater advantage due to a pair of Cardinal penalties. Before the second penalty expired, junior defenseman Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) cashed in for UMass Boston at 9:31, making it 3-2 for the visitors. Then Kirwan added the fourth tally eight minutes later.
After Reynolds netted her second goal of the game for Wesleyan at 3:11 of the third period to cut the margin to one, the Beacons held the Cardinals at bay, then added an empty-net goal by freshman forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) with 21 seconds left for the final margin.
UMass Boston sophomore goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) finished with 27 stops.
This was the first meeting between the teams since 2004. UMB leads the series, 2-1.
Wesleyan returns to action Tuesday, Dec. 8 in a NESCAC game at Trinity College while the Beacons will host ECAC East league rival Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Material used in this report courtesy of Wesleyan University Sports Information