BOSTON, Mass.--UMass Boston women's hockey (7-7-3, 3-5-0 ECAC East) erupted for a season-high eight goals Saturday afternoon as the Beacons evened their record with an 8-0 win over New England College (1-14-1, 1-7-1 ECAC East) Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
With a large contingent of former players back for the program's 10 year anniversary, the Beacons put on a show from the start, with three goals within the first 6:01 of the first stanza. UMass Boston led 4-0 after the first, 7-0 after two periods and added on one goal in the third stanza.
The Beacons' eight goals were their most goals scored in a single game since January 23, 2010, when the Beacons downed Plymouth State University 9-1.
Freshman Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) led the charge with the first three points of her collegiate career. The right-winger matched Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.) with a game-high two goals and added her first assist in a UMB uniform.
Emily Russell (Marblehead, Mass.) recorded the first three points of her junior campaign with three helpers, while freshman defenseman KC McGinley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) nearly matched Embrey, her former Colorado Select teammate, by registering the first two points of her career-a pair of assists.
Six total Beacons skaters found the back of the net with Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.), Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.), Courtney White (Medford, Mass.) and Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) joining Embrey and Pizzuto on the scoresheet.
Junior Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) picked up the win in net by making five saves in the first two periods, while Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) preserved the shutout with six stops in the third. Burke was appearing in just her second game of the year for the Beacons and first since November 8.
Lauren Hopps took the loss for New England College after allowing five goals on 18 total shots in the first 21 minutes of the contest. Kelly Metz proved extremely strong in relief, stopping 30 of the 33 shots she faced in 39:03 of ice time.
Kellie McLean paced the Pilgrims with a team-high three shots.
UMass Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 79 seconds in when White leapt on a rebound chance and scored from just outside the crease. Embrey set the play up with a hard shot from the point that popped out of Hopps glove, setting up White for the easy tally.
The Beacons pushed the lead to 2-0 just 13 seconds later, when Currie skated in 1-on-2 from the neutral zone and sent a hard shot the Hopps five-hole, after deking the final defenseman.
Embrey picked up her first collegiate goal at the 6:01 mark after a clean face-off win by Russell. The freshman forward skated with the puck up top and sent a hard shot that deflected off a defenseman, before sneaking inside the far post.
UMass Boston kept the momentum going when their top-scoring line added the fourth goal of the period. Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) fought to earn possession of the puck behind the net and Sullivan sent a hard pass to Fallon out in front who beat Hopps at 15:41.
Embrey made it 5-0 UMass Boston just 57 seconds into the second period, when she took a pass from Russell and blasted home a shot for her second goal of the day. That goal forced a goalie switch, as Hopps was replaced by Metz.
The Beacons pushed the lead to 6-0 at 2:06 of the second, when Cavolo received passes from Alexandra Karlis (Denver, Colo.) and McGinley, before sneaking a shot in from next to the post.
UMass Boston tacked on a seventh goal when they earned their first power-play opportunity of the contest. Pizzuto sent a blast from the blue line through traffic that Metz never saw into the near netting off of a Fallon pass, to push the lead to 7-0 at 14:05.
Pizzuto would record the final goal of the game as well, as her wrap-around chance just barely beat Metz to make it 8-0 11:39 into the third period. Junior assistant captain Lauren Tansey (Virginia Beach, Va.) and McGinley picked up helpers on the play.
UMass Boston outshot New England College 51-11 for the game.
The Beacons will return to action next Friday when they host first-place Norwich University at 4 p.m.