BOSTON, Mass. – With a trio of goals in the first 7:30 minutes of the third period, the ninth ranked Valiants of Manhattanville College (1-2-0, 1-0-0 ECAC East) handed women's ice hockey (0-1-0, 0-1-0 ECAC East) a 4-1 loss in the ECAC East conference opener for both teams Friday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Rink.
Leading the Valiants to the conference win was Mary Rose Morrison who netted the first goal of the game at the 16:15 mark in the second period, before tallying a pair of assists in the third. Also finding the back of the net in the Friday's conference match-up was Jessica Kehoe, Alla Traun, and Sonia Occhionero. All four goals marked the first of the year for each Manhattanville player.
For the Beacons they ended Manhattanville's shutout big late the third when senior Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, Mass.) drove home her first goal of the season off of a Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) assist. Greenberg who was sidelined last season with an injury came back in a big way for the Beacons. Kiernan got off the first shot, which deflected off Valiants goalie Mary Evans. The senior forward then cleaned-up the rebound with a one-timer to make it a three-goal game with 6:50 left in the contest.
On the other side of the ice freshman netminder Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) had a strong college debut for the Beacons. The Arlington native totaled 18 saves in the contest and held the Valiants scoreless for the first 36 minutes of play.
As a squad the Beacons penalty-kill allowed just one goal against on a combined six power-play tries for the Valiants. UMass despite not capitalizing on their four man-up opportunities were extremely aggressive on each of their opportunities. At one-point head coach Colleen Harris had five forwards on the ice. In total both teams each recorded 23 shots on Friday, with the Beacons leading the first two periods in the category.
Defensively UMass Boston was solid throughout most of the afternoon coming up with key stops, while also limiting the Valiants most dangerous forward Katie Little to just one assist.
Women's Hockey returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Nichols College for a 7:40 p.m. ECAC East contest.