Mass. College Hockey: No. 4 Harvard Claims 14th Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

Fourth ranked Harvard University rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second period to defeat Boston College – number on in the latest NCAA NC Women’s Hockey RPI poll – by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday evening in the 2015 Boston Beanpot Championship.

With the win, Harvard claims its 14th Beanpot crown and improves to 16-8 all-time against the Eagles in tournament play.

Karly Heffernan and Miye D’Oench each lit the lamp at 9:39 and 11:54, respectively, during the second period, which helped the Crimson claim their only lead of the contest.

The Eagles and Crimson swapped goals throughout the opening period before Boston College pushed ahead with a Haley Skarupa goal – her 25th of the season – at 8:18 in the second period. Harvard countered with Heffernan – her sixth goal of the season – before D’Oench deposited her 14th marker of the season.

Harvard’s goalie, Emerance Maschmeyer, turned away 30 of 32 shots and was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Katie Burt – the Eagles’ netminder – deflected 14 of 17 shots in a span of 59:33.

The Crimson’s last Beanpot victory occurred during the 2010 campaign when Harvard edged Northeastern University, 1-0.

Boston University defeated Northeastern in the consolation match, 3-1. BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, while Hayley Masters netted the Huskies’ lone goal in the second period.

Stonehill College’s Chris Tasiopoulos recorded a career-high 48 saves against Saint Anselm as the Skyhawks and Hawks skated to a 1-1 tie. Garrett White netted his 10th goal of the season, which was set up by Kevin Aufiero and Scott Rolph.

Saint Anselm tied the game with a Sean Jenkins goal at 18:10 in the third period, but neither team was able to locate the back of the net during the extra stanza.

Jay Dalton recorded one goal and one assist as the Westfield State Owls defeated Worcester State, 3-2. Dalton netted the go-ahead goal at 17:27 in the third, which secured the win for the visitors.

Alex Dewitz and Andrew Bates each netted one goal for the Lancers, while goaltender Tyler Fallica turned away 21 of 24 shots.

Perry McCarthy and Eliza Noyes each scored one goal in Williams’ 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart. Charlie Billadeau stopped 17 of 19 shots in 65 minutes for the Ephs.

Emma Griese recorded two goals and one helper as the seventh-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team cruised past Salve Regina, 6-0.

Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 2)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The first weekend of February is upon us, which means conference tournaments are right around the corner. Yet, before we worry about seeding, let’s dish out our five college hockey games to watch this weekend.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

Bentley at Mercyhurst (Fri. 7:05 p.m./Sat 7:05 p.m.) – First place in Atlantic Hockey is on the line this weekend. The Falcons, who’re two points behind Mercyhurst, will attempt to pick up two critical road victories. So far this season, Bentley is 7-6-2 on the road. As noted in this weekend’s preview, the Falcons’ power play unit is second in the country to St. Lawrence. Last weekend, they netted two power play goals, improving their percentage to 28.1 (27-for-96). As usual, keep an eye on Brett Gensler, who leads the unit in points (16 goals, 19 assists).

Amherst at No. 11 Trinity (Sat. 7:30 p.m.) – Since falling to Williams at Frozen Fenway, the Bantams have been on a roll, winning six straight contests, including two tilts last weekend against Connecticut College and Tufts University. They’ll look to extend their winning streak to seven on Saturday when they host Amherst, a squad they lost to earlier this season, 3-1. The Lord Jeffs return to conference play following a 3-1 setback to Lake Forest last Saturday. Amherst does own the third best NESCAC mark of 7-3, while Trinity is 8-2. The Bantams are currently the number one squad in the NESCAC in scoring offense (4.56), while Amherst is second in scoring defense (2.38 goals yielded), thanks to goaltender Dave Cunningham, who’s logged 774:36 minutes between the pipes.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

No. 3/5 Harvard at No. 9/9 Quinnipiac (Sat. 4 p.m.) – The Crimson will look to extend their current four-game winning streak to six by the end of the weekend (their first contest features a trip to Princeton on Friday evening). Harvard’s 2-0 win last Friday over Union was their 600th win, which is the most wins among Boston-area schools, according to this weekend’s preview. Miye D’Oench leads the Crimson with 19 points (11 goals, eight assists), while Hillary Crowe and Samantha Reber are tied for second with 17 points, respectively.

Providence at No. 7 Boston College (Sat. 2 p.m.) – The Eagles have won 12 of 13 contests (no losses, one tie in their last 13 games) and will look to keep their momentum going against a Friars squad that’s 2-2 in their last four contests. Andie Anastos, a fist-year forward, has recorded at least one point in her team’s last five outings. So far this season, she’s registered 11 goals and 14 assists.

Williams at Bowdoin (Fri. 7 p.m./ Sat. 3 p.m.) – The Ephs will look to extend their current winning streak to six games as they travel to Maine for an important conference series with the Polar Bears. First-year netminder Margaret Draper has been quite impressive this season, as she recently earned her third shut out when Williams blanked Colby last Saturday, 4-0. Meghan Gillis, Williams’ head coach, was quite pleased with her team’s effort against the Mules, but hopes her squad will continue to generate additional scoring chances in front of their opponent’s cage. Williams ranks second in scoring offense in the NESCAC and is averaging 3.50 goals per game.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another day of college hockey in the Bay State is in the books and below are some highlights.

Men’s Ice Hockey

UMass Lowell 3, Boston University 1 – Joseph Pendenza repeated his performance from last night with one goal and one assist as the River Hawks defeated the Terriers in Lowell.

Providence College 3, Northeastern University 2 – Josh Manson‘s power play goal at 9:30 in the third couldn’t spark the Huskies, as the Friars earned a weekend sweep.

UMass 5, Maine 2 – Branden Gracel and Conor Sheary each recorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the Minutemen defeated the Black Bears in Amherst. UMass and Maine were tied at 2 entering the third, but the Minutemen exploded for three strikes during the final frame.

UMass Boston 5, University of New England 2 – Travis Daniel netted one goal and recorded two assists as the Beacons skated past the Nor’easter’s in the first round of the ECAC East tournament. UMass Boston will face-off against Babson College in the semifinals next Friday evening, which will be held in Northfield, Vermont.

Babson College 7, Skidmore 1 Three Beavers finished the contest with three points as Babson beat Skidmore in the ECAC East quarterfinals. Troy Starrett led the Green and White with two tallies, while Pt Donato ended the contest with three assists.

Salve Regina 8, Western New England 4 – The Gulls potted three goals in the second and third periods, which lifted them past the Golden Bears in Springfield College in the first-round of the ECAC Northeast tournament. Alan Martin netted two goals in the setback.

Middlebury College 4, Amherst College 3  Louis Belisle‘s third period strike helped the Panthers sneak past the Lord Jeffs in Amherst in the first round of the NESCAC tournament.

Williams College 2, Colby College 1 – Craig Kitto netted a goal and assisted Nick Anderson as the Ephs defeated the Mules in the first-round of the NESCAC tournament.

Johnson & Wales 6, Curry College 4 – Ian DePasquale registered a hat trick as the Wildcats defeated the Colonels in the ECAC Northeast quarterfinals in Milton.

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston University 7,  Connecticut 5 – Five Terriers finished  with three points, which secured an important win at home for BU. The Huskies netted four first period goals before the Terriers answered with four strikes in the second, which tied the game at 5, but Kayla Tutino and Jenelle Kohanchuk netted the go-ahead strikes in the third to seal the victory.

Northeastern University 5, Providence College 1 – Casey Pickett recorded two goals and two assists as the Huskies skated past the Friars in Providence.

Clarkson 3, Harvard 1 – Miye D’Oench‘s second period goal couldn’t ignite the Crimson as the Golden Knights defeated Harvard in Cambridge.

UMass Boston 5, Castleton 3 – Emily Larosa finished with three points (two goals, one assist) as the Beacons stunned the Spartans in the first-round of the ECAC East tournament.

Amherst College 5, Hamilton College 1 – Courtney Baranek and Megan Doyen each found the back of the net twice as the Lord Jeffs topped the Continentals in the first-round of the NESCAC tournament.