KIRWAN, HALLETT THE DIFFERENCE IN WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY 3-2 WIN OVER SAINT ANSELM
Dec. 8, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Katie Kirwan (Centerville, MA) netted the game-winner and sophomore goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 35 shots to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting Saint Anselm College, 3-2, this evening in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons win their third straight game to improve to 4-4-0 overall and 3-4-0 in ECAC East play, while the Hawks fall to 6-2-1 and 5-2-1.
Kirwan collected a loose puck off the stick of senior defenseman Amanda Cianciulli (Billerica, MA) and tucked the puck just inside the right post for her team-leading fifth goal of the season to give UMass Boston a 3-1 lead with 11:15 gone in the second period. Saint Anselm closed to within a goal when freshman forward Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, FL) and sophomore forward Molly Corl (Danvers, MA) combined to find sophomore forward Michelle Lacombe (Delafield, WI) for her second tally of the year at 4:28 of the third period, but that would be the final score of the night as Hallett stopped 10 shots in the period to preserve the victory for the home team.
The Beacons took advantage of their first power play opportunity of the evening when sophomore forward Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) fed junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) for a shot from the top of the circles that was tipped into the back of the net by freshman forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA). It was her third goal of the season to give UMass Boston a 1-0 lead at 5:41 of the opening period. The Hawks got the equalizer less than six minutes later when Giarrusso set up freshman forward Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, MA) for her fourth tally of the campaign at the 11:03 mark of the first stanza.
Duran reclaimed the lead for the Beacons with her fourth goal of the year on a helper from Phillips at 8:11 of the second period for a 2-1 edge.
Hallett improved to 4-4-0 on the year, while denying all five of Saint Anselm's power play opportunities. Sophomore goalie Amy Zappen (Huntington Beach, CA) made 15 saves for the Hawks, who held a 37-18 shot advantage for the night.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, December 11 when it hosts ECAC East foe New England College at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while Saint Anselm hosts Nichols College on December 11 at 4:00 p.m.