BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Jessica Young the seventh/eighth ranked Middlebury College handed women's ice hockey a 5-0 non-conference loss Friday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
UMass Boston 0, #7/8 Middlebury College 5
UMass Boston (4-8-4)
Middlebury College (7-3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After holding Middlebury scoreless through the first 12 minutes of Friday's non-conference match-up, the Panthers ended the scoreless draw on a shorthanded goal by Maddie Winslow. Middlebury would force a Beacons turnover in their own end. Young then collected the puck and found Winslow open for the first tally of the contest.
Despite the man-down goal, the Beacons continued their pressure through the final eight minutes of the first period. Unfortunately, a late Middlebury rush would result in a Haley LaFontaine goal with just 20 seconds remaining until the first intermission.
After the break, the Panthers kicked their offense into high gear, but had to settle for just two more goals thanks to a strong showing by Beacons netminder Rachel Myette. The Duxbury native combined for 22 stops in the second frame. Young and Elizabeth Wulf each registered a goal in the period to give Middlebury a solid 4-0 lead.
In the final period, Young would record the final goal for the Panthers on the power-play. Madie Leidt set-up the goal, when she found Jenna Marotta skating up the side. Marotta then put the puck on Young's stick as she completed the play with her second goal of the day.
Myette finished the night with 35 stops, which marked the most for the senior since the December 9 game at Colby College when she recorded 36.
Julia Neuburger earned her first win of the year after making 19 saves in the shutout.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On the night UMass Boston finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Middlebury went 1-for-2
- The Beacons combined for 19 shots, while the Panthers tallied 40
- Friday's contest marked the first meeting between the two teams since 2016 when UMB traveled to Middlebury for the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament
- Friday's contest marked the first time that UMB and Middlebury faced each other in Boston since 2009, and was just the sixth meeting all-time between the two teams.
The Beacons will host Salve Regina University next Friday at 4 p.m. in a conference home-and-home with the Seagulls.