NORTHFIELD, Vt. – A three-point afternoon from Amanda Conway carried the fourth ranked Cadets of Norwich University to a 4-1 win over women's hockey Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena in a New England Hockey Conference showdown and rematch of the 2018 tournament championship.
UMass Boston 1, #4/4 Norwich University 4
UMass Boston (6-6-2, 3-4-2 New England Hockey Conference)
Norwich University (10-2-0, 9-0-0 New England Hockey Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Conway had the primary assist on the first goal of the game and also scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal to bring her NCAA Division III-leading total to 13 on the season.
Junior forward Sophie McGovern and sophomore defenseman Samantha Benoit each had a goal and an assist, while senior alternate captain Adrieana added a goal to round out the Norwich offensive leaders.
Benoit opened the scoring at the 16:01 mark of the first period with a laser slap shot from the point to give the Cadets a 1-0 lead on the power play off assists from Conway and Kirsten Watts (Chugiak, Alaska).
Conway scored her 13th goal of the season at the 19:32 mark as she was sprung on a breakaway by a pretty passing set up from McGovern and Robyn Foley. McGovern played the puck up to Conway at the UMB blue line to allow Conway in with speed, where she made it a two-score affair.
UMass Boston got on the board at the 7:23 mark with Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) scoring on her rebound off her knees to cut the deficit to 2-1. Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) also picked up an assist after having her initial shot from the top of the slot denied by NU goalie Emily Lambert.
McGovern gave Norwich breathing room at the 16:17 mark of the second period with Conway and Benoit picking up assists. The goal was McGovern's seventh of the season.
Rossini capped the scoring at the 6:59 mark of the third period with a breakaway goal after Alyssa Hulst chipped a puck up off the glass and over three UMass Boston defenders. Rossini snuck in behind them to pick up the puck and then slipped the puck under Flagg for her fourth goal of the season.
Lambert made 15 saves to improve to 6-1-0 on the year and finish off a perfect 3-0 week in goal. Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) made 24 saves for UMass Boston to fall to 1-2-1.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Norwich University is the current reigning national champion, after winning the title on their home ice last March
- The Beacons finished the contest with 16 shots on goal and were 0-for-1 on the power-play
- Norwich posted a combined 28 shots and were 1-for-3 on the power-play
- Morrisette now sits tied for the team lead in points with 10 and is the team leader in assists with six
- Flagg made 11 saves in the opening period, before combining for 13 stops over the final 40 minutes
- Norwich has now won five-straight over the Beacons
The Beacons will be off until January 11 when they travel to St. Anselm College for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.
Parts of this release provided by the Norwich University Sports Information Department