RYE, N.Y. – A pair of first period goals ended women's hockey run at history as they were handed their first loss of the 2014-15 season as Manhattanville College skated away with a 2-0 decision over the Beacons Saturday afternoon at the Playland Ice Casino.
With their first loss of the year, the Beacons overall record drops to 5-1-0, 3-1-0 in the ECAC East. For the Valiants they improved to 3-2-0, and 3-0-0 in the conference. Despite the loss the Beacons five straight victories remains the best in program history since the Beacons very first varsity season in 2003-04.
Senior Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) registered 26 stops in her third start of the year. Offensively the Beacons outshot the Valiants 30-28 in the first meeting since last year's quarterfinal game, in which UMass earned a 3-0 victory. Samantha Fallon (Swampscott, Mass.) led the Beacons offense with five shots on goal, while Alexa Cappione (Massena, N.Y.) tallied four.
Rachel Morrison got the Valiants on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the opening period. Sarah Sinning added to Manhattanville's lead at the 12:28 mark.
Despite the two early goals by the Valiants, UMass' offense controlled most of the play, but it was a strong showing by Manhattanville's defense that kept the Beacons off the scoreboard. Combined, the Valiants registered 18 blocked shots.
On the power-play the Beacons finished 0-for-1, while the Valiants went 0-for-3.
The Beacons return to action on Friday when they travel to St. Anselm College for a 4 p.m. conference game.