Offensive Explosion Propels Women's Hockey To 6-1 Win Over Nichols College

Burrillville, R.I.—A night after falling 4-1 in their home opener, UMass Boston women's hockey exploded for six goals to earn the first victory of their season, in a 6-1 win over Nichols College at Levy Rink. 

The Beacons (1-1, 1-1 ECAC East) grabbed their first win of the 2012-13 campaign behind goals from five different players, including a two-goal night from sophomore Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.).

Kiernan led UMass Boston in goals last season with seven and already has two goals and an assist after the first two contests. The two goals set a new-career high for the sophomore and tied her previous career-high for points in a game with two.

Sophomores Emily Federspiel (Plano, Texas) and Kelsey MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.) each scored their first career goals in the victory. Senior Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) and junior defenseman Kelly Sharlow (Potsdam, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring with a goal apiece.

A quartet of sophomores picked up assists in the victory, as Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) was credited with two helpers, while Liz Figueroa (Wethersfield, Conn.), Emma Valli (Eastham, Mass.) and Angela Dandreo (Swampscott, Mass.) also added assists. For Figureroa it was her first career point, while Valli notched her first career helper. 

In net freshman goaltender Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) continued to impress, earning her first career victory by making 32 saves. The freshman held the Bison scoreless for the first 48 minutes of the game and made 14 saves in a crucial second period, in which the Beacons blew the game open.

Talia Hohmann struck for the lone Nichols College goal, while Jacki Aaskov picked up the assist.

Freshman Nia Kelly picked up her second loss in three starts for Nichols College. The freshman from Cary, North Carolina allowed four goals on 18 shots, before being replaced by Tori Gianformaggio.

The two teams were even in shots with 33 apiece and neither team was assessed a penalty.

UMass Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period behind a goal from LaRosa. The Nichols College transfer scored her second goal in three games against her former team thanks to a pass from Dandreo.

The Beacons blew the game open in the second period behind three goals in 44 seconds. Sharlow scored an unassisted goal at the 5:24 mark and Federspiel found the back of the net at 5:39. Less than 30 seconds later, Kiernan scored her first goal of the game to put the Beacons up 4-0.

Third period action would prove to be more even, as the Beacons scored a pair of goals to sandwich the lone Bison strike of the night. Playing in just the second game of her career at UMass Boston, MacIsaac became the first new addition to the roster to score a point this year with an unassisted goal at the 10:32 mark of the third stanza.

After Hohmann made it 5-1 less than a minute later, Kiernan capped off the scoring with her second tally of the night.

The Beacons will have a week off before returning home for a pair of ECAC East Conference games next weekend. Friday night UMass Boston will host Holy Cross University at noon, while Saturday the Beacons will bring in Salve Regina University at 1 p.m.