Dec. 11, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) stopped 32 shots and junior defenseman Jazz Webber (Winslow, ME) netted the game-winner to go with an assist to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team over visiting New England College, 3-1, this afternoon in an Eastern College Athletic Conference East contest at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons win their fourth straight game to improve to 5-4-0 overall and 4-4-0 in ECAC East play, while the Pilgrims fall to 4-7-0 and 3-4-0.
UMass Boston made the most of its power play opportunities, scoring on three of five possessions with the extra skater.
The Beacons got on the board in the first period when Webber fed senior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) for a shot from between the circles that junior forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) tipped into the back of the net at 10:54 of the opening period for a power play score and her fifth goal of the campaign.
Following a scoreless second period, UMass Boston added to its lead on its second power play of the late afternoon when Nasta and junior blueliner Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) combined to set up Webber for her first tally of the season just 73 seconds into the third period for a 2-0 margin.
New England College cut the deficit in half when sophomore forward Chelsea Torrico (Mount Washington, MA) found classmate Kaleigh Costello (Hudson, NH), who collected a loose puck in front of the net and registered her second marker of the year just 1:36 later on the power play to make it 2-1 at 2:49 of the third period.
The Beacons added an insurance goal with 4:58 left in the final period when freshman forward Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) was able to deflect the puck into the back of the net after a rush to the right corner of the net on an assist from junior forward Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, OH) and sophomore forward Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) for a 3-1 lead at 15:02.
Hallett improved to 5-4-0 on the year for UMass Boston and turned away 18 shots in the second period to keep the visitors off the board, while sophomore goalie Teraysa White (Belgrade, ME) registered 19 saves for the Pilgrims.
The Beacons will be in action again tomorrow night when they travel to Waterville, ME to take on Colby College at 7:00 p.m., while New England College heads to Harrisville, RI to play ECAC East foe Nichols College at 3:30 p.m. at Levy Rink.