January 2, 2012

Women’s Hockey Advances to Codfish Championship with 2-0 Win over Wesleyan (Conn.)

BOSTON, Mass. – With a Emily LaRosa goal in the second and a Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) empty-netter in the third women's hockey (5-5-2) secured a spot in the 5th Annual Codfish Championship game as they defeated Wesleyan University (Conn.) by the final score of 2-0 Monday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

The host Beacons will face Bowdoin College (2-3-2) at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the championship, while Wesleyan (2-7-0) will take on Sacred Heart University (5-10-0) at 1 p.m. in the consolation game.  Bowdoin defeated Sacred Heart by the final score of 7-2 in Monday's second game. 

LaRosa's game-winning tally was netted at the five minute mark of the second period.  The junior pushed the puck past Cardinal goaltender Ashleigh Corvi to break the scoreless tie.  Setting up the deciding goal was sophomore defensemen Tori Pizzuto and Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, N.Y.).

Helping to maintain the Beacons 1-0 lead was senior netminder Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.), who totaled 18 saves to earn her first shutout of the season.  The win marked her third of the year, 3-5-1. 

After the UMass Boston goal, Wesleyan tried everything in their power to net the equalizer, but each one of their chances was stopped by the Beacons defense which played extremely well after nearly a month since their last contest. 

The third period belonged to the Beacons as they controlled the momentum of the final 20 minutes from start to finish.  Wesleyan did not pull their goalie until the final 36 seconds of the frame.  Now with the extra forward the Cardinals tried to get an open shot, but their efforts backfired as Kiernan was able to collect a loose puck right in front of the Beacons bench, which then took up the ice before pushing it off both posts and into the back of the net to seal the victory.

On the day, UMass Boston outshot their Connecticut opponent 33-18.  Wesleyan finished 0-for-2 on the power-play, while the Beacons went 0-for-3.  Corvi finished the day with 31 saves for the Cardinals, and fell to 2-7-0 on the season. 

Women's Hockey will look to claim their first Codfish Bowl title tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena when they face Bowdoin.

BOWDOIN VS. SACRED HEART

In the second game it was all Bowdoin from start to finish.  The Polar Bears netted a combined six goals in the first two periods, and added one in the third.  Kim Tess-Wanat had a hand in six of the seven goals scored as she skated away with three goals and three assists.  Melissa Robbins netted both goals for Sacred Heart with Nick Palazzo recording an assist on each tally.

Between the pipes, Alexius Schutt of Sacred Heart was handed the loss after allowing five goals in just under 23 minutes of action.  Raelene Sydor closed out the contest for the Pioneers and allowed two goals in 37 minutes of action.  The duo combined for 41 saves respectively.  Bowdoin's Tara Connolly earned her second win of the year, after stopping 26 of the Pioneers 28 shots. 

Sacred Heart finished 0-for-3 on the power-play, while Bowdoin went 1-for-2 on the man-up opportunities.