MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Junior forward Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) had a goal and two assists to lead visiting UMass Boston to a 5-2 victory over Salve Regina University tonight at St. George's Ice Arena in Middletown during Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) action.
The Beacons trailed by one goal twice in the contest, but not longer than 35 seconds either time.
After a scoreless first period, Seahawk freshman Taylor Shepherd (Quincy, Mass.) scored her second goal in as many nights, this one 34 seconds into second period for a 1-0 Salve Regina lead. Last night's hero Rachel Porter (Franklin, Mass.), who scored the overtime goal that defeated Saint Anselm on Friday, assisted with Shepherd's goal.
First-year forward Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.), the all-time leading scorer in Rhode Island girls' high school ice hockey, answered to put UMass Boston on the board just 28 seconds later. Porter put Salve Regina back on top with an unassisted tally at the 9:05 mark, but that lead lasted only 35 seconds.
Dylan Caron (Burrillville, R.I.) re-directed a slapshot from LaRosa to tie the game at 2-2. That score held to the end of the second period.
Just 20 seconds into the final period, LaRosa skated into the Seahawk zone and faked a pass to Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) before striking the go ahead blow, a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Salve Regina goalie Ali Muehlbronner (Glenside, Pa.), making her first start of the season.
Sophomore defenseman Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.) gave the Beacons a two-goal advantage when they capitalized on a two-man advantage during a third-period power play. Pizzuto also scored the final goal on a laser at the 17:59 mark.
Senior goalie Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) made 35 stops while earning her first win of the season for the Beacons (2-3-1; 1-2-1 ECAC). Muehlbronner stopped 25 shots for the Seahawks (1-2-0; 1-2-0 ECAC). Salve Regina hosts Nichols College on Friday while UMass Boston hosts the defending national champion Norwich University.