November 26, 2013

Bourque Scores Twice in Final Minutes to Lift Women's Hockey Over UMass Boston

BOSTON, Mass. - Ariana Bourque scored two third-period goals, including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining, to lift the Bowdoin women's ice hockey team to its first win of the season Tuesday, 2-1 over UMass Boston.

The Polar Bears (1-2-0) have won the last three meetings between the non-conference foes, each by a single goal. UMass Boston falls to 1-6-1 on the season with the setback.

After a scoreless first period, the Beacons took the lead just 1:45 into the second when Emily Howard found Tori Pizzuto for a one-timer to give the hosts the edge. UMass Boston carried the lead later into the third period when Bourque found the back of the net off a feed from Jessica Bowen with just 4:27 left.

The game-winner came four minutes later with a final push down-ice for the Polar Bears. Chelsea MacNeil single-handedly skated around three Beacon defenders and ripped a shot that was blocked by goaltender Casey Schaejbe. Bourque cleaned up the rebound to put Bowdoin into the win column.

The contest was evenly-played throughout, with the Polar Bears holding a slight 28-27 edge in shots. In her first career contest, Lan Crofton stopped 26 shots for Bowdoin while Schaejbe also made 26 for UMass Boston.

The Polar Bears will return to action Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross (4:00 p.m.)