Nov. 4, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. – With three different players each finding the net, the 8th ranked Valiants of Manhattanville College (1-2, 1-0 ECAC East) defeated women’s ice hockey (1-2, 0-1 ECAC East) by the final score of 3-0 Friday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Rink in the ECAC East conference opener for both teams.
Playing a major part in the win, were back-to-back goals midway through the second period. This allowed the Valiants to build a lot of momentum, which they used to hold off of a very hungry Beacons squad.
Their first goal was a scored shorthanded, while their second came on the power-play, the only one of the afternoon for either team.
The Valiants were actually very lucky to escape the first period, as UMass came out firing on all cylinders. Looking to pull off the huge upset, the Beacons dominated the first 20 minutes of play, outshooting their opponent 10-6. Unfortunately, the Valiants offense, which has led them deep into the NCAA tournament last few seasons, showed-up in a big way as they completely, dominated the second period.
After the second intermission, UMass regained their composure, but with a late goal by Manhattanville, just proved too much for the Beacons to overcome. In the final 20 minutes of play, UMass held a 5-4 advantage in the shots column to end the match with 21 chances, while the Valiants totaled 30 on the day.
Senior netminder Leah Hallet (Rocky Hill, Conn.) totaled 27 saves, while her Manhattanville counterpart Emy Cote combined for 21 stops.
On the power-play, UMass was 0-for-3. The Valiants went 1-for-5 on the afternoon, to end what was their worse start to a season in the program’s history. Combined a total of five penalties were handed out in the contest, with Manhattanville also getting handed a 10 minute misconduct in the third.
Women’s hockey returns to their home ice tomorrow when they host Nichols College at 1 p.m.