Feb. 10, 2006
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Casey Turner tallied a season-high four points on a pair of goals and two assists and senior goaltender Amanda Boucher made 19 saves to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston over visiting College of the Holy Cross, 7-0, in an ECAC East contest this evening at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons improve to 13-6-1 overall and 10-5-0 in ECAC East play. Their season win total matches the most in school history and their conference win mark is the most ever for a UMB women's hockey team. The Crusaders fall to 8-12-1 and 8-8-0.
Turner opened the scoring for UMB with the eventual game-winner, taking a feed from sophomore forward Lauren O'Connor and freshman forward Kerri Loranger at 3:44 of the first period. Turner's second goal of the night gave the Beacons a 6-0 advantage when Loranger and O'Connor hooked up with her again at 6:20 of the third period.
Senior forward Molly Norton notched her 50th career point with the game's second goal at 10:36 of the opening period and junior forward Andrea Ciarletta took a feed from freshman defenseman Sarah Cronin and netted her nation-leading 22nd goal of the season at 11:47 of the first period for a 3-0 UMass Boston lead. Turner found sophomore defenseman Rose Devlin on the power play for the Beacons' fourth goal when she lifted a shot from just beyond the circles at the five minute mark of the second period and Loranger followed with her fourth goal of the season and her first in a UMass Boston uniform at 14:50 of the middle period with junior defenseman Leanne Corsino and Turner assisting for a 5-0 lead. The Beacons' last score of the night came when junior forward Melissa Belmonte found freshman forward Jaclyn Brith for her second goal of the year at 7:25 of the final period.
Boucher earns her school-record fourth shutout of the season, while Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) made 37 saves for Holy Cross, which was out shot, 44-19.
The Holy Cross women will travel to Portland, Maine on Sunday, February 12 for their next conference matchup against Southern Maine. The puck will be dropped at 2:00 p.m.