Dec. 6, 2008
BOSTON, MA -The University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team erupted for three second period goals to gain a 3-2 victory over visiting Norwich University this afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons extend their unbeaten streak to five games and improve to 6-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in ECAC East play. UMass Boston is off to its best start in school history. The Cadets fall to 4-5-0 and 4-3-0 in league play.
The Beacons were outshot, 39-23, in the game, including 18-1 in the first period, before coming alive in the second period when junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) took a feed from sophomore forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) and junior defenseman Amanda Cianciulli (Billerica, MA) and potted her sixth goal of the season on a four-on-three power play at 7:30 of the middle period to tie the contest at 1-1 and extend her school-record point-scoring streak to 14 straight games. Sousa and Nasta combined to find sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) at 10:55 of the second stanza for her fifth goal of the season to give the Beacons a 2-1 edge, before freshman forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) wasted no time in providing an insurance goal with her sixth tally of the season coming just 14 seconds later on a helper from junior forwards Sandy Parlato (Needham, MA) and Katelyn Corsino (Belmont, MA) to increase the UMB lead to 3-1. Junior forward Sophie Leclerc (Barre, VT) fed freshman forward Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, QUE) for her team-leading ninth goal of the season to pull Norwich to within 3-2 at 4:22 of the final period, but it would be as close as it would come.
Sophomore forward Kelsey Cone (Manchester, VT) opened the afternoon's scoring for the Cadets when freshmen defensemen Melissa Rundlett (Saco, ME) and Caitie Banfield (Montpelier, VT) set her up for her fourth goal of the season at the 12:56 mark of the first period.
Freshman goaltender Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, SK) stopped 34 of 36 shots in 53:42 of play for the Beacons, before leaving with an injury and yielding to classmate Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT), who made three saves in the final 6:18 of action. Freshman goalie Chiara Traversa (Torino, Italy) turned away 20 shots in 59:38 for Norwich.
UMass Boston will be in action again after the break when it hosts State University of New York-Oswego on Monday, January 5 in the first round of the Second Annual Women's Ice Hockey Codfish Bowl at the Clark Athletic Center rink at 5:00 p.m., while the Cadets travel to New London, CT on January 6 for a 7:30 p.m. tilt with Connecticut College.