Prudhomme: Recapping An Exciting First Weekend of New England D3 Hockey

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Curry College celebrates a 3-2 victory over Buffalo State last weekend at the Buffalo State Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Buffalo State Sports Information Department)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @KylePrudhomme 

The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.

Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.

The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.

In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).

Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.

I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.

One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).

Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.

On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.

Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.

Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.

On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!

UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.

Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.

“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”

Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.

Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.

On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.

Prior to the team’s second game of the season, Suffolk President Marisa Kelly dropped a ceremonial puck to celebrate the start of women’s ice hockey.

Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.

“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”


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Mass. College Hockey: Stonehill Clinches Share Of NE-10 Crown

By Matt Noonan 

With a 2-1 win over Franklin Pierce this evening, the Stonehill College men’s ice hockey team clinched a share of the Regular Season Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the second straight season.

Stonehill, which will enter next weekend’s conference tournament as either the first or second seed, will host a semifinal contest.

Anthony D’Elia and Thomas Jenkins each netted one goal – both coming in the second period – and goaltender Chris Tasiopoulos turned away 29 shots, including 11 shots in the second period and 10 in the third.

With the win, Stonehill improves to 13-5-4 and 7-0-2 in conference play. They’ll return to the ice on Saturday when they travel to Assumption College for a 4:35 p.m. face-off.

For more on this evening’s win – HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: Shuman, Brown Lead Bentley Past Franklin Pierce

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against Franklin Pierce:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and freshman Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) each had five goals as Bentley University rolled to a 20-5 win over Franklin Pierce in a Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon.

Both Brown and Shuman established career-highs for goals as Bentley won for the third straight time and fifth time in the last six games. The run has moved the team’s Northeast-10 record to 6-4 and 7-7 overall with two games in the regular season remaining.

Bentley scored the first two goals of the game from Brown and sophomore Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) to take a 2-0 lead after three-plus minutes. Franklin Pierce though responded by going on a 3-0 run that gave them its only lead of the afternoon. Junior Madeline Shopshire had two of the goals for the Ravens.

However, Shopshire’s goal at the 18:24 mark was the last goal Franklin Pierce scored for almost 43 minutes as Bentley scored 16 goals in a row, including 10 in a row over the rest of the first half.

Shuman had a run where she scored three of four goals and four of six, helping Bentley take a 9-3 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. Brown had three of her goals in the first half and the Falcons led 12-3 at halftime.

The Falcons scored six more in a row in the second half, featuring a man-up goal by Brown and goals by sophomores Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) and Caitlin White (Irondequoit, N.Y./West Irondequoit). White’s goal with 7:07 to play made the score 18-3 and was the first of three goals she scored the rest of the way.

Nine different players in all had goals for Bentley.

With another win chalked up, the Falcons will go for four straight when they visit Merrimack on Tuesday night for a 7:00 pm game.

Mass. College Lax: Assumption Pulls Away In Second Half In 14-7 Win Over Franklin Pierce

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game, which saw the Hounds pull away from Franklin Pierce for a Northeast-10 Conference win:

Worcester, Mass. (April 5) — Led by a four-goal effort by freshman midfielder Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), the Assumption College women’s lacrosse pulled away in the second half for a 14-7 home win over visiting Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

After a slow start to the opening half, the Hounds got on the board just 8:49 into the first as junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) scored a man-up goal on a free position shot. Junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) converted a free position shot of her own just 3:09 later, marking her team-leading 28th goal of the season and the 150th of her career. Franklin Pierce answered right back though with unassisted scores by Madeline Shopshire and Lauren Beville to tie the game with 9:48 left in the opening half. Sophomore Julianna Molloy (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) put Assumption up 3-2 just 25 seconds later off an assist from McNeil as the Hounds eventually took a 6-3 lead into the halftime break as five different Hounds scored in the period. Capping the first-half scoring was sophomore Tess Anketell (Southborough, Mass./Marian), notching her fifth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug).

The Ravens scored first just1:23 into the second half as sophomore Nicole Beliveau scored her first goal of the game and third of the season to cut the edge down to just 6-4. Russo extended the lead back to four at 8-4 with a pair of scores to complete the hat trick, while senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) also added two goals in a 5-1 overall run for an 11-5 lead with under 20 minutes left.

After a Beliveau goal ended the Hounds run, senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) tallied her 22nd goal of the season off an assist from Russo, followed by free position goals from Russo and Beall to cap the Assumption scoring. FPU junior Megan Raposa accounted for the final goal of the contest with just 12 seconds left as the Hounds improved to 5-1 at home in 2014.

Freshman goalie Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made 13 saves for her eighth win of the season, while junior Julia Coakley had eight stops in just under 49 minutes as she fell to 3-6.

Russo led the Hounds with four goals and one assist, along with three goals by Beall, two goals and an assist by McNeil and one goal and a game-high three assists by Hagerman. Raposa and Beliveau each scored a pair of goals for the Ravens.

For the game, the Ravens held a slight 30-27 edge in shots and forced 14 Assumption turnovers in the contest. Ground balls were even at 12-12, while Assumption held a 14-9 advantage in draw controls as senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) led the team with six draws. The duo of juniors Rebecca Cann (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and Allison Tivnan (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) each play well defensively for the Hounds, including a team-high three caused turnovers from Cann.

With the win, Assumption improves to 8-3 overall, 6-2 in the Northeast-10 and has now won three straight for the second time this season. The Ravens drop to 3-6 overall, 2-5 in league play and 1-5 on the road with the loss.

Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as the Hounds travel to Le Moyne for a Noon start in Syracuse, N.Y.

Mass. College Hockey: Friday Night Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and highlights from last night’s men’s and women’s hockey games.

Men’s Hockey

Providence 1, Merrimack 0: Noel Acciari‘s second goal of the season proved to be the difference as the Friars defeated the Warriors in North Andover.

Boston College 5, Boston University 1: Johnny Gaudreau recorded a first period goal along with two assists as the Eagles beat the Terriers at Boston University.

New Hampshire 4, Massachusetts 1: Steven Iacobellis evened the game at 1-1 in the first period, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as the Wildcats added three more goals — one in the second, two in the third — to secure the win.

St. Lawrence 3, Harvard 1: Jimmy Vesey recorded a power play goal in the second, but that wasn’t enough to jumpstart a Crimson comeback.

American International 8, Bentley 7: Jon Puskar recorded two goals and three assists, which helped the Yellow Jackets win a wild contest in Watertown.

New England College 2, UMass Boston 1: Jeremy Finger‘s power play goal in the second wasn’t enough to jumpstart a rally as the Beacons dropped their first game of the season in Boston.

Babson 3, St. A’s 1: Michael Phillips‘ second period strike provided the Beavers with the lead for good as Babson picked up its second win of the season.

Women’s Hockey

Harvard 3, St. Lawrence 2: Dylanne Crugnale registered two assists as the Crimson defeated the Saints.

Boston College 6, Vermont 1: Emily Field netted her fourth and fifth goals of the season as the Eagles defeated the Catamounts in Vermont.

Franklin Pierce 4, UMass Boston 2: Alyssa Sullivan recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to lift the Beacons to victory.