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Women...s Hockey Storms Castleton, Can...t Vanquish the Purple Knights

By Mindy Brauer

The MIT women’s ice hockey team won its first game of the 2006-07 season Friday, defeating Castleton State College 4-2 in Eastern College Athletic Conference East action. The victory lifted the Engineers’ record to 1-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in conference play while the Spartans fell to 1-3-0 on the year and 0-3-0 in the ECAC East.

Maryanne Diehm put the Spartans on the scoreboard 12:29 into the game when she connected on a feed from Colleen Senecal. MIT evened the contest 2:30 later on a five-on-four power-play goal by Amanda P. Hunter ’07, set up by Catherine G. Harding ’09. The 1-1 tie would hold through the first intermission.

Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 gave the Engineers their first lead of the night by converting another power-play goal off a pass from Hunter in the ninth minute. The game would remain scoreless until the Spartans tallied their lone power-play goal at the 12:25 mark of the final period. Adrianna Riggio and Nicole Adams found Katelyn Greene for her second goal of the season to make the score 2-2.

Less than six minutes later, MIT’s Catherine Harding answered with a five-on-four power-play goal that was set up by Hunter. Cristina F. Stefanescu ’08 closed the scoring with an empty net goal with 13 seconds remaining.

In net, Maria N. Prus ’10 earned the first win of her career while collecting 23 saves. Vanessa Carter made 61 stops for Castleton State.

Saturday Loss to St. Michael’s

A trio of second period goals helped propel Saint Michael’s College to a 5-1 win over MIT in an ECAC East women’s ice hockey game on Saturday.

Amy Schoon tallied three assists for the Purple Knights (3-2-0, 1-2-0 ECAC East) while Brenman scored the only goal for the Engineers (1-4-0, 1-3-0 ECAC East).

Saint Michael’s opened the scoring with 1:30 remaining in the first period. Meghan Sweezey gave the Purple Knights the lead after connecting on passes from Molly DiMasi and Schoon.

In the second period, Schoon and Melissa Gagne set up Kelly Adams for the game-winning goal after 3:53 had expired. Kristina Reardon extended Saint Michael’s advantage to 3-0 with an unassisted tally almost 10 minutes later. Gagne recorded the final goal of the frame off Sweezy and School assists with five seconds left.

MIT ended the shutout on a power-play goal midway through the final period. Mary P. Harding ’07 and Hunter found Brenman for her second power-play goal of the year. St. Michael’s Shannon Murphy capped the scoring with a four-on-five unassisted short-handed goal at the 14:56 mark.

In net, Prus collected 40 saves for the Engineers while Kristen Salierno made 31 stops in her second win of the season.

MIT’s next game will be tonight, when it hosts Salve Regina University at 7:00 p.m.