HENNIKER, N.H. – Five different players found the back of the net as women's hockey closed out the 2017-18 regular season with a convincing 5-3 win over New England College Saturday afternoon at Lee Clement Arena.
UMass Boston 5, New England College 3
UMass Boston (10-11-4, 9-3-2 NEHC)
New England College (2-21-2, 1-12-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons registered three unanswered goals, including a pair in the second period to earn the final conference win of the 2017-18 campaign. Senior forward Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) became the first player since the late Katherine Wall '08 to record four shorthanded goals in her career. The Pembroke native netted her third shorthanded goal of the season, which sealed the victory for the Beacons late in the second.
UMass Boston wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.) scored her second goal in as many days to make it 1-0. NEC would respond with their first goal less than three minutes later, but the Beacons would fire right back. Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) scored the unassisted tally one minute 22 seconds later to push UMB back out in front 2-1.
The shooting gallery continued, as the Pilgrims once again tied the game, this time scoring five minutes after the Beauregard tally.
However, the Beacons would have the final say in the opening stanza, as Maren Brown (Brainerd, Minn.) registered a power-play goal off-of a Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) assist, with less than three to play for the first intermission.
In the second, Erica Lunn (Kingston, Mass.), made it a two-goal affair at 6:16. Ten minutes later, it was Morrisette with the shorthanded goal off-of another Colucci assist. With the now three-goal lead, the Beacons defense completely naturalized the Pilgrims offense.
NEC managed just one more goal, midway in the third period, but by then it was too little too late.
Junior netminder Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) closed out the season with an unbeaten record (7-0-2), for the first time in program history thanks to a 21 save performance.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston led the contest 31-24 in total shots
- The Beacons were 1-for-6 on the power-play, while the Pilgrims finished 0-for-4
- UMB was 25-for-45 on the face-off, with Moritz leading the team with eight face-off wins
- DePippo now sits second in the country in winning percentage with a .889 mark, and is one of only two netminders to not have a loss on their record
- Morrisette's shorthanded goal, was the third of the year for the senior, which ranks her second all-time in that category
The Beacons will host Salve Regina University, who is the seven-seed, at 3 p.m. next Saturday in the first round of the NEHC Tournament. UMass Boston enters this year's tournament as the two-seed.