NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Despite one of their best team performances of the season, women's ice hockey fell just short as the top-seeded Cadets of Norwich University slipped past the Beacons with a 3-2 decision Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
#7 UMass Boston 2, #1 Norwich University
UMass Boston (10-15-2)
Norwich University (20-5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win the Cadets will host the conference championship game next Saturday with a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament on the line.
The Beacons, who led through the first period in Saturday's contest, saw their 2018-19 season come to a close with the loss.
Sophie McGovern recorded two of the Cadets' three goals, including the game-winner which was scored at 8:34 left in the third period.
One week after upsetting No. 2 seed Suffolk, UMass Boston took a 1-0 lead at the 14:49 mark of the first period on a power play goal from Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.) off an assist from Erica Lunn (Kingston, Mass.). Beauregard fired a wrist shot from the top of the slot off a pass from behind the net by Lunn for her fourth goal of the season.
UMass Boston carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission and outshot Norwich 8-7 in the opening frame.
UMass Boston continued to be a thorn in the side of the Cadets though as Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) regained the one-goal lead for the Beacons with a stuff in attempt on top of the crease after an initial shot by Casey Adimey (Buffalo, N.Y.) at the point took a weird deflection and wound up sitting in the NU crease. Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) picked up the second assist on the goal.
Norwich answered just over four minutes later with Wopperer scoring an unassisted goal for her seventh of the season at the 15:33 mark. Wopperer stripped a puck off an UMass player's stick on the fore-check and then capitalized on another Beacon defender falling over to possess the puck at the right wing. Wopperer dragged the puck around another defender and then sent a twisted wrister into the top right corner of the net and over the glove of UMB's Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) to tie the game at 2-2.
McGovern scored the game-winning when she tipped a shot off the crossbar and in as she crossed through the slot. Kirsten Watts took the initial shot from the point off a defense to defense pass from the Samantha Benoit.
Neither side was able to score again although Morrisette nearly tied the game with four seconds left as she hit the post with a close shot from the left goal line that deflected away from the NU net.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's loss marked the final game in the careers of Gallucci, Morrisette, Beauregard, Emily Harris (Littleton, Colo.), Kaitlin Parent (Myersville, Md.), Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Edy Moritz (Guilford, Conn.).
- Moritz, Beauregard, and Gallucci now stand as the program leaders for most games played in a career with 111 each
- Morrisette played in her 100th career game on Saturday
- Flagg finished with 25 saves in the loss, while Emily Lambert posted 18 stops for the Cadets
- The Beacons were 1-for-2 on the power-play
Information for this release provided by Norwich Univeristy Sports Information Department