BOSTON - Senior Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) led the attack with two points as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team took down UMass Boston, 3-1, Monday evening at the Clark Athletic Center.
With the win, the Hawks take their third straight contest and improve to 15-4-4 overall and 10-2-4 in the ECAC East, while the Beacons will fall to an 8-11-4 record and 5-7-4 in the league.
Picarello scored the first goal of the game and was credited with the only assist on the game-winning goal, to help Saint Anselm earn the season-sweep over the Beacons. Sophomore Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) and freshman Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) tacked on goals for the Hawks, who moved to 9-0-2 on the road this season.
Picarello put the Hawks ahead 1-0 at the 16:19 mark of the first, when she found the puck in the middle of a scrum and poked it through Casey Schaejbe's five-hole. Senior Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Franny Nicholson (Saint Paul, Minn.) each picked up assists on the play.
At 11:54 of the second period Saint Anselm made it 2-0, when Geisinger sent the puck off the back of a Beacons defender's skate, towards the net and through Schaejbe's five-hole. Both of the Hawks' first two goals occurred within six seconds of a power-play ending.
The Hawks took a commanding 3-0 lead 1:07 into the third period, when Herron grabbed a rebound and rocketed a shot to the top corner of the net over Schaejbe's shoulder. Freshman Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and junior Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) were awarded assists on the play.
UMass Boston got on the board at the 13:16 mark when Emily Howard started with the puck on the far boards, and skated in around a defender and slipped the puck through the pads of Saint Anselm goaltender junior Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) to make it 3-1.
Brown moved to 9-2-2 with the win by making 19 saves on 20 shots, while Schaejbe made 25 stops on 28 shots.
The Hawks outshot UMass Boston 28-20 for the game. The Beacons held the edge on special teams however, as UMB finished 1-4, while killing off all three of the Hawks' power-play opportunities.
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