Dec. 10, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) tallied her third career hat trick to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting Wesleyan University, 6-2, this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons improve to 3-5-0 on the season, while the Cardinals fall to 1-6-0.
Smith's first tally of the contest proved to be the eventual game-winner and gave UMass Boston a 3-1 lead at the 6:13 mark of the second period. She added to the Beacons' margin with her second score on a feed from freshman defenseman Brittany Dawber (Southbridge, MA) at 12:46 of the middle period. Smith captured the hat trick with the first goal of the third period and her fourth of the campaign to give UMass Boston a commanding 5-1 advantage at 13:32 when freshman defenseman Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, NY) and freshman forward Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, NH) combined on the assist.
The Beacons cracked the scoring column with 9:03 gone in the opening stanza courtesy of senior forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA), who converted on a helper from senior defenseman Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) and senior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) for a 1-0 edge. Senior defenseman Emma Ram (Conway, MA) answered with the equalizer for Wesleyan on a feed from freshman forward Glenn Hartman-Mattson (Ely, MN) just over five minutes later at 14:12.
Sophomore defenseman Julie Gould's (Flemington, NJ) first goal of the year found the back of the net with a wrister from the left circle to regain the lead for the home team on an assist from Sharlow at 5:27 of the second period for a 2-1 lead. Sousa later capped the scoring for UMass Boston on a Duran assist of her fourth goal of the year and a 6-1 lead at 13:55 of the final period. Junior forward Jill Reynolds (Medina, MN) lit the lamp for the final time of the day with an unassisted power play goal for the Cardinals with 3:16 to go in the game.
The Beacons outshot Wesleyan, 43-27, for the contest.
Junior goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 25 shots to earn the victory for UMass Boston, while also becoming the first netminder in school history to reach 1,600 career saves. She now has 1,624. Sophomore goaltender Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, RI) made 37 saves for the Cardinals.
The Beacons will be in action again tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. when they take on Colby College at the Clark Athletic Center, while Wesleyan is off until the new year when they travel to Plymouth, NH to play Plymouth State University on January 4 at 7:00 p.m.