BOSTON, MA – Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, MA) and Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) opened up the 2012 season with a bang, as both players finished with hat-tricks in the Beacons 6-1 victory over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center.
Ledin knotched a hat trick in a four-minute span midway through the first half and added two assists on Andrews' tallies to finish with eight points for the game. Andrews fed Ledin on the first goal of the game and recorded three goals to finish off the Beacons scoring.
Midfielder Julie Nutting (Rockland, MA) added three assists in a contest the Beacons dominated over the final 55 minutes. UMass Boston outshot the Trailblazers 30-12 and held a 17-4 edge on shots on goal. The Beacons racked up eight corners to just four for MCLA.
Sophomore forward Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, MA) attempted four shots in her UMass Boston debut, while senior defenders Brittney Spencer (West Brookfield, MA) and Meghan O'Connell (Abington, MA) each tallied two shots.
MCLA forward Keshia Devoe came off the bench to score the lone tally for the Trailblazers on a loose ball in front of the net. Goaltender Danieele Heinsohn made 10 saves while giving up six goals in 67 minutes of work, while Kate Tsapatsaris made one stop in the final 13 minutes.
The teams went back-and-forth for the first 25 minutes, with UMass Boston racking up more chances and control but failing to score. Ledin broke the scoreless tie at the 28:55 mark of the first half, when she received a thru pass from Andrews and dribble around the goalie on the right side of the box and tapped the ball home.
Less than three minutes later, Ledin doubled the score when she blasted a shot that Heinsohn was able to stop, but the sophomore forward found the rebound and drove the ball in on the ground. Ninety seconds later Ledin finished off her scoring spree, as she took a lead pass from Nutting and dribble around a defender and the goalie to make it 3-0. It was the sixth hat-trick of Ledin's career in just 24 collegiate contests.
Andrews finished off the Beacons half scoring, when she received a pass at the top of the box from Ledin and sent a low line drive into the right corner that easily beat the goalie. Devoe would put MCLA on the board a minute before halftime- when a long lob into the box bounced off of Perkins' hands, off the post and right to Devoe-who put the ball in.
The Beacons didn't let up in the second half as Andrews brought the lead back to four goals 10 minutes in. She received a pass from Nutting and dribbled around a defender and the goalie to score from fifteen feet away. She capped off the scoring in the 63rd minute when she took a terrific one-touch pass from Ledin and blasted a shot into the lower right corner from the top of the box. For Andrews, it was her first career hat-trick and her seven points were also a career-high.
The Beacons will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Eastern Nazarene College at 3:30 p.m. Audio and live stats for that game will be available on beaconsathletics.com.