The University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey team made history Saturday, winning their program's first New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) title and subsequently punching their ticket to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Beacons defeated top-seed Norwich University, 2-0 on Saturday evening, ending the Cadets' quest for a fifth straight league title.
Jenny Currie (Chelmsford, Mass.) got the scoring going for the Beacons in the first period as she netted home a pass from teammate Arielle Gallucci (Warren, N.J.) on a breakaway to put UMass up 1-0. The goal was Currie's 17th on the season.
The Cadets continued to test Beacons' goaltender Rachel Myette (Pembroke, Mass.) throughout the rest of the first period and all through the second as they held the shot advantage 24-10 after two, but Myette stood tall to keep the game in favor of UMass Boston, 1-0.
UMass Boston extended their lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the third period when Kayla Smith (Woburn, Mass.) beat Céleste Robert (Rouyn-Noranda, Qué.) five-hole to put the Beacons on top 2-0.
Despite pulling Robert in favor of an extra skater the cadets were unable to score, earning Myette her fourth shutout on the season on a 35-save performance. She took home the tournament's Most Valuable Player accolades for her performance.
Joining her on the All-Tournament team were teammates Gallucci, Currie and Alli Bianchini (Sterling Heights, Mich.) while Taylor Cross (Saugus, Mass.) and Sarah Schwenzfeier (Hingham, Mass.) represented Norwich.
UMass Boston will await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday morning at 10:00am to learn their matchup for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2016 NEHC Women's All-Tournament Team
|Arielle Gallucci||Forward||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Jenny Currie||Forward||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Sarah Schwenzfeier||Forward||Norwich University|
|Alli Bianchini||Defense||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Taylor Cross||Defense||Norwich University|
|Rachel Myette||Goaltender||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Most Valuable Player: Rachel Myette, University of Massachusetts Boston|