November 1, 2013

Women's Hockey Falls In Season Opener, 2-1

MANCHESTER, N.H. – In their first regular season and ECAC East conference game of the 2013-14 season, women's ice hockey was handed a tough 2-1 loss by the Hawks of St. Anselm College Friday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.

Earning the first goal of the new season for the Beacons was sophomore Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.).  The forward netted the goal on the power-play with only four seconds remaining in regulation.  Assisting on the Beacons first goal of the new season was Alexandra Karlis (Denver, Colo.) and Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.).  Friday's loss dropped UMB's record to 0-1-0, 0-1-0 in the ECAC East.  For the Hawks, who were picked to finish second on this year's conference preseason poll, they improved to 1-0-0, 1-0-0 in the conference.

St. Anselm recorded a goal in each of the first two periods to take the 2-0 lead.  However they could have broken the game wide-open had it not been for the tremendous season-opening performance from sophomore goaltender Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.).  An ECAC East All-Rookie team selection a year ago, Schaejbe recorded an impressive 39 saves in her first game of the new year.

She faced a Hawks offense which totaled 41 shots in the contest, with a majority of those coming in the first two frames.  UMB's offense struggled to get going in the first 40 minutes of play, but in the third they finished just one shot behind the Hawks as they recorded 10 in the final 20 minutes of play. 

Each squad notched a power-play goal with St. Anselm's coming in the second period.  On the day the Beacons were 1-for-4 on the power-play, while the Hawks went 1-for-5.  UMB totaled 23 shots in the loss.

The Beacons return to action next Friday when they travel to Franklin Pierce University for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.