Women...s Ice Hockey Team Suffers 10-0, 12-0 Defeats
By Mindy Brauer
DAPER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS
The MIT women’s ice hockey team dropped its first two ECAC East contests of the season, falling by a margin of 10-0 to New England College on Friday night, and by a margin of 12-0 to Saint Anselm on Saturday.
On Friday, Elizabeth Ross tallied five assists and a goal for a game-high six points as the New England College Pilgrims improved to 2-1-0 on the year and also in conference play.
Kirsten Mackenzie put NEC on the scoreboard 4:13 into the contest by connecting on feeds from Ross and Erin Shepard during a power play. Shauna Pires extended the lead less than two minutes later on passes from Jaime Collins and Kaitlyn George. Ross posted a goal at the 7:02 mark and then set-up Mackenzie for a goal seven minutes later. George gave the Pilgrims a 5-0 lead by converting a pass from Pires.
In the opening minutes of the second frame, MIT generated some offensive pressure of its own, but NEC goalie Christina Aiello turned away every shot. The Pilgrims picked up right where they left off as they added two more goals on assists by Ross. Emily Tanguay put in a shot from the left face-off circle after 5:34 had expired and Sarah Tracey poked the puck in just past MIT netminder Sally W. Simpson ’09 just over three minutes later.
Jennifer Carboni and Sarah Graham each earned a point as a goal by Jessica Donnelly gave the Pilgrims an 8-0 lead after 2:19 had elapsed in the final frame. Collins notched an unassisted goal and a goal by Tracey off a feed from Ross closed out the scoring for NEC.
In the net, Simpson collected 52 saves for the Engineers while Aiello made 13 stops for NEC.
Saint Anselm defeats MIT
A total of 16 players from Saint Anselm College tallied at least one point in its 12-0 victory over MIT in ECAC East women’s ice hockey action on Saturday. Emily Lapworth and Cindy Lebel led the way for the Hawks (3-0-0, 3-0-0 ECAC East) by distributing three assists apiece.
Saint Anselm opened the scoring three minutes into the contest when Kathleen Twomey converted a feed from Lapworth for a short-handed goal. Danielle Campbell initiated a four-goal run at 14:40 after connecting on passes from Lebel and Kendall Junta. Shellie Swan capped the opening period scoring spree with an unassisted tally with 34 seconds remaining for a 5-0 lead.
Swan lit the lamp again after 55 seconds had expired in the second stanza off a set-up by Lauren Struzik and Kelsey Hunt. The Engineers’ (0-4-0, 0-2-0 ECAC East) defense then asserted itself, resulting in over 15 minutes of scoreless play. Jessica Tobin ended the drought at 16:16 when she connected on feeds from Campbell and Lapworth. The Hawks extended their to lead to 8-0 with a power-play goal courtesy of Brittany Kretzman with 15 seconds left on the clock.
Jenna Brown posted her first goal of the season when she converted a pass from Mollie Welch 4:24 into the final period. MIT’s best chance to end the shutout came almost a minute later when it was awarded a power-play. The Engineers won the ensuing face-off and Rachel Longley chased down the puck. However, her shot was deflected away as Saint Anselm netminder Kerri Clarke dove to her left side for the save. The Hawks tacked on three more goals to close out the scoring with Lebel picking up a pair of assists.
In goal, Shauna J. Moran ’06 collected 45 saves for MIT. Andrea Berlin made two saves in two periods of action for Saint Anselm, while Clarke stopped one shot in the third period.
The next game for MIT will be on Saturday, Nov. 19 when its hosts the College of the Holy Cross at 3 p.m.