Oct. 9, 2008
BOSTON, MA - Freshman forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) netted a career-high three goals to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston over host Wheelock College, 6-0, this evening in Boston, MA at Winsor Field. The Beacons total of 13 goals in their last two matches is a school-record for most goals scored in back-to-back matches. UMass Boston extends its school-record unbeaten streak to four matches and improves to 5-5-1, while the Wildcats fall to 2-8-1.
Mulry becomes the first player to score three or more goals in a contest for UMass Boston since September 14, 2005 when Laura Bullis registered a hat trick vs. Mitchell College and her eight goals on the season breaks the freshman record of five set by Katherine Wall (Arlington, MA) in 2005. Her first tally opened the scoring for the Beacons at the 13:35 mark of the first half, when she sent a shot from the top of the box over the head of the Wheelock goalie on an assist from junior midfielder Erika Marsters (Mashpee, MA) for a 1-0 edge. Mulry's final two scores were the last pair of the match as well with her second goal of the night coming on a breakaway at 79:43 on an assist from freshman forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) to give UMass Boston a 5-0 lead and her third coming on another breakaway on an assist from freshman midfielder Taylor Massmann (Kingston, MA) with just 3:03 remaining in the contest to cap the scoring.
The Wildcats had an opportunity to get on the board first when freshman Ashlee Hollis (Waterford, CT) broke away with the ball at midfield, but the Beacons' defense stepped up and the shot went wide.
Junior forward Stacy Leonard (Rockland, MA) also collected multiple goals with her first coming just 69 seconds after UMass Boston's first goal for a 2-0 lead at 14:44 of the first half. Her second tally gave the Beacons a 4-0 lead when freshman midfielder Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) fed her at 53:10 of the second stanza.
UMass Boston out-shot Wheelock, 30-8, but the Wildcats did have some opportunities in the second half. Leading scorer Lindsey Lacourse (Scarborough, ME) found herself breaking away from the pack early in the half, but couldn't convert as the shot went wide right. Sophomore Ashley McRoberts (Merrimack, NH) got the starting nod in net for the Beacons and made three saves in the first half, before yielding to junior Courtney Haroules (Littleton, MA), who turned away the only shot she saw in the second half to preserve the shutout. Victoria Fernandes (Randolph, MA) stopped four of seven shots for Wheelock in the first half and Nicole Zina (Bristol, RI) recorded six saves in the second session.
UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match on Saturday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center Field, while the Wildcats next play Elms College on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Winsor Field.