HENNIKER, N.H. – The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team finished off a 2-0 weekend with a win over New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opponent New England College, 3-1, on Saturday at Lee Clement Arena. The Purple Knights improved to 2-14 overall and 2-7 in the NEHC while claiming their fourth straight win over the Pilgrims, who fell to 5-11-1 and 3-6 with the loss.
Seniors led the way once again for the Purple Knights, as Erin Dwyer (Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams), Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle), and Lauren Cuculino (Glen Mills, Pa./Quakers) scored a goal each, while classmate Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) went 8-for-10 on faceoffs. Fellow senior Tina Frasca (Norwood, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 36 saves in the win, marking the 31st 30-save performance of her career.
For the Pilgrims, senior Megan Servaes scored the lone goal while classmate Rachel Vigliano went16-for-25 on faceoffs, and sophomore Ashley Castriotta made 19 saves before classmate Jacqueline Clark made five more in 15 minutes of relief duty in the third period.
Midway through the first period sophomore Madison Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) sent a shot on goal, and Bagley one-timed the rebound past Castriotta to take a 1-0 lead at 11:49. With 14 stops in the period, Frasca helped her lead take 1-0 to the first intermission. At the 5:09 mark of the second period, Cuculino found the back of the net with a shot from the point. Servaes tallied just 67 seconds later, as she cleaned up a rebound following a shot from sophomore Vicki Shaw. Dwyer scored her third goal of the weekend at 15:58 of the second, giving Saint Michael's a 3-1 lead. Frasca turned away nine shots in the third and the Purple Knights held their lead until the game's end.
Up next for the Purple Knights is an NEHC contest at home against Saint Anselm College on Friday at 7 p.m.