MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) set the program's single-game records for points and assists, en route to recording her 100th career point, in the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team's 11-0 shutout of Plymouth State University on Friday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks improve to 16-4-4 on the season, including 11-2-4 in ECAC East play, while the Panthers fall to 4-16-4, 3-10-4 ECAC East.
Playing in the 100th game of her career, Picarello became the third player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. She recorded the hat trick with three goals, in addition to handing out six assists, which broke the previous record of four that was set by multiple Hawks. Her nine points shattered Cindy Lebel's record of five that came against Salve Regina on Feb. 21, 2006.
Saint Anselm jumped on the board first just 2:22 into the contest when Picarello skated across the left circle and sent a wrister on net that snuck through the five-hole of Plymouth State goaltender Ali Ponte to make it 1-0.
The Hawks doubled their lead 12 seconds later as Picarello sent a pass from behind the left side of the net into the slot where classmate Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) one-timed it past Ponte.
Picarello and Giarrusso connected again in nearly a mirror image of the previous goal. With 3:12 remaining in the open period, Picarello slid the puck from behind the right side of net and Giarrusso ripped a one-timer in the slot that again beat Ponte to make it 3-0.
Saint Anselm added to its lead 1:04 into the second period when Giarrusso nailed down the hat trick. A blast from the left point by junior Andi Foss (Elko, Minn.) was tipped by Giarrusso in the slot and past Ponte on the left. Picarello also picked up an assist on the play.
The Hawks made it 5-0 with 7:22 to play in the middle period when sophomore Franny Nicholson (Saint Paul, Minn.) connected on a pass to freshman Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio), who found the back of the net. Picarello also earned an assist on the sequence.
Foss closed the second-period scoring when her bomb from the left point snuck through traffic in front and into the right side of cage to make it 6-0 with 5:58 left. Geisinger and Picarello were credited with assists on the play.
Picarello helped the Hawks extend the lead to 7-0 just 2:35 into the final period when she stole the puck deep in the Plymouth State zone and wristed a shot from the middle of the slot and beat Ponte over her left shoulder.
Sophomore Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) put the Hawks up 8-0 at the 16:39 mark. Her initial shot went wide to the left of the net and came out on the right where freshman Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) eventually slid the puck back to the slot where Herron's shot made it past Ponte. Freshman Halle Kent (Lake Placid, N.Y.) also earned an assist on the play.
Kazmer made it 9-0 with 13:48 remaining when she took a feed from junior Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) and put it past Ponte. Picarello then ended Ponte's night 17 seconds later as she picked up a puck that was sent off the boards by Foss, skated across the bottom of the left circle and put it into the right side to push the lead to 10-0.
Foss closed the scoring with 3:50 to go when she received a feed from Picarello, at the top of the left circle, and blasted one from the right point that made it past Nicole Crandle.
The Hawks held a 50-8 advantage in shots, including 21-3 in the opening period.
Ponte made 34 saves, while Crandle stopped five shots. Junior goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) stopped all eight shots she faced for her fourth shutout of the season.
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