January 26, 2013

Women's Hockey Knocks Off #8 Manhattanville College 5-3

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind two goals from freshman Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) and three total third period goals, UMass Boston (8-9-3, 5-5-3 ECAC East) toppled #8 Manhattanville College (11-7-1, 9-2-1 ECAC East) 5-3 Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Fallon scored the first two goals of her career within a 10-minute span to tie the game and give the Beacons a lead they would never relinquish.

Sophomore forward Emily Howard (Terryville, N.Y.) added her team-leading eight goal for the game-winner, while Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) each added a single tally, as the Beacons earned a split in the season-series.

Sarahanne Cavolo (Roxbury, N.H.) and Kelsey MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.) picked up two assists each, to help UMB extend their unbeaten streak to five games.

With the win, the Beacons earned their second straight 3-point weekend in conference play and moved into a tie for sixth place in the ECAC East with 13 points. 

Michelle Meggioloaro, Erin Sidjak and Sonia Occhionero all scored for the Valiants, who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end. 

Freshman Casey Schaejbe (Arlington, Mass.) made 30 saves in the win to extend her personal winning streak to three. On the other side, Mary Evans made 12 stops on 16 shots for Manhattanville. 

The two teams skated through a scoreless first period, in which Manhattanville held a 9-6 shot advantage and the better end of the play.

Meggiolaro put the Valiants ahead 1-0 3:01 into the second period, when Alla Traun forced a turnover at the Beacons blue line, skated in on a 2-on-1 and left it across for Meggiolaro, who tipped it just barely over Schaejbe's shoulder.

UMass Boston answered back exactly three minutes later on the power-play, when Kiernan tipped a MacIsaac shot through Evans pads to tie the score at 1-1. 

The Valiants responded with their first of two power-play goals at 15:06, when Erin Sidjak sent a shot from the point through traffic that snuck by Schaejbe into the lower-right hand corner of the net.

That's when Fallon got going. The freshman defenseman sent what looked to be a harmless dump into the Valiants zone on a line-change, but the shot skipped up and beat Evans to tie the score at 2-2.

Early in the third period Fallon gave the Beacons the lead for good, when she sent a low shot through traffic into the right-side of the net at the 6:57 mark.

With their first lead of the season against Manhattanville, UMass Boston continued pressuring the Valiants leading to Howard's game-winner. The sophomore forward registered her second career game-winning goal when she skated into the Valiants zone 1-on-1 with a defender and sent a low shot from the right circle that just barely trickled through Evans' five-hole.

Manhattanville made it 5-4 at the 16:40 mark when Occhionero scored a power-play goal, but their efforts would fall just short.

With under a minute to play and the Manhattanville net empty in favor of the extra skater, Loiselle took passes from Cavolo and MacIsaac and sent a sputtering shot from the blue line that just found its way inside the right post. 

The Valiants outshot the Beacons 33-17 in the contest. UMass Boston finished 1-for-4 on the power-play, while Manhattanville went 2-for-6.

UMass Boston will take to the road Friday night when they look to earn a season-split with Salve Regina University at 7:30 p.m.