Women’s Hockey Pounds Pilgrims For Conference Win

Women’s Hockey Pounds Pilgrims For Conference Win

BOSTON, Mass. – In the most dominating performance in program history, women's ice hockey set a new program record for goals scored in a single game, as the Beacons crushed the Pilgrims of New England College by the final of 12-1 in an ECAC East contest Friday afternoon in the Beacons Ice Arena.

The victory improves the Beacons overall record to 7-4-4, 4-1-2 in the conference.  UMass remains in a 3-way tie for second place in the ECAC East standings.  For the Pilgrims they dropped to 1-14-0 overall, 1-6-0 in the conference.  Friday's loss also marked the fourth straight loss to the Beacons, and the second time in the last two seasons that they have surrendered eight or more goals in the Beacons Ice Arena.

Combined eight different Beacons found the back of the net, while 10 different players were credited with at-least one assist in the one-sided victory.  The Beacons also ended the contest with a +35 rating, while the Pilgrims finished the afternoon with a -35 rating. 

On top of the one-sided scoring spree, the Beacons tallied a program-high 60 shots on goal and were an impressive 4-for-5 on the power-play. 

Kailyn Burke (Franklin, Mass.) earned fourth win of the year (4-2-1) after making just 10 stops in the victory.

Scoring the first goal of the afternoon was junior forward Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.), with senior Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) earning her first of two assists at the 9:03 mark.  Seventeen seconds later, senior Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) pushed the Beacons to 2-0 on her fifth goal of the campaign.  Fellow senior Emily Howard (Terryville, Conn.) notched her first assist of the year on the play.

Less than seven minutes later senior co-captain Suzanne Meek (South Hackensack, N.J.) netted her first collegiate goal on an assist by Howard to keep the early momentum going.  Trailing by three, the Pilgrims thought they were going to escape the period, but Currie had other ideas.  With one second remaining in the opening frame, the Chelmsford native registered her third goal of the season, and second of the day to give the Beacons a 4-0 lead going into the first break.

After the intermission, Kayla Smith (Woburn, Mass.) and Sullivan would combine to make it 6-0 UMass by the 10:28 of the second period.  New England College earned their only marker of the afternoon at 11:43 of the period, when Annie Griswold snuck the puck past Burke, to end the senior's shutout bid.

Despite the Pilgrim goal, the Beacons offense did not miss a beat as Smith closed out the second period, with her second goal of the night to make it 7-1. 

The third period was dominated from start to finish by the Beacons.  Once they were able to find the net at the 11:12 mark, the Beacons scored at will.  Alexandra Karlis (Parker, Colo.) would kick start a five-goal third period of UMass, as she connected on a Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) pass to make it 8-1 in favor of UMB.  Morrisette would post a career-best three assists in the victory, all of which came in the third period. 

Junior Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) would net a pair in the final period, while Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Lauren Tansey (Virginia Beach, Va.) earned their second and first goals of the year respectively.  Tansey's score was also the first of her college career as a Beacon.

Pilgrims netminders Lauren Hopps and Michaela Clark combined for 48 saves respectively.  Hopps was handed the loss, her eighth of the year after letting-up the first six Beacons goals. 

The Beacons penalty kill finished the afternoon 2-for-2, as they allowed just two Pilgrim power-play shots.

Women's Hockey returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Saint Michael's College for a 4 p.m. ECAC East contest.