DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fell to sixth-ranked Boston College Wednesday night by a score of 4-1. The loss drops the Wildcats to 7-11-1 overall and 4-4-1 in Hockey East play while the Eagles improve to 11-3-2 overall and 8-2-1 in conference action.
The first period saw a total of 17 shots, nine of which were from Boston College. Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) tallied a pair of shots on goal for the Wildcats while Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario), Jenna Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) and Hannah Armstrong (Newmarket, Ontario) each tallied one. New Hampshire netminder Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) made saves on all nine shots she faced. After the first stanza, the score was 0-0.
The Eagles were first to get on the board when Haley Skarupa tallied her 13th goal of the season. Alex Carpenter played the puck to Skarupa in front of the net. Skarupa received the pass and shoved it past Gilligan for the goal. Alexis Crossley (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) got New Hampshire on the board with her sixth goal of the year on a power play. Horn sent a pass to Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ontario) who in turn found Crossley just outside of the faceoff circle. The freshman blueliner sent a precise wrist shot to the top right corner of the net for the goal. At the end of two periods, the score was tied, 1-1.
Caitlin Walsh tallied her first goal of the year in the third period for Boston College at the 5:20 mark of play. She was unassisted on the play as she found the puck and knocked it home in front of the net. Ashley Motherwell added a shorthanded goal at 6:07 to give BC a 3-1 advantage while Meagan Mangene capped off the scoring with one more at 8:11, Emily Field and Dru Burns assisted on Motherwell's goal while Kate Leary assisted on Mangene's. After three periods of play, the Eagles came out with a 4-1 victory.
Gilligan received her first loss of the year in net after making 20 saves on 24 shots faced. Her record falls to just 4-1-0. Corrine Boyles got the win in net for Boston College after making 20 saves on 21 shots faced. Her record improves to 9-1-0. The Wildcats were 1-for-3 on the power play while BC was held to a 0-for-1 tally with the advantage.
The Wildcats return to the ice on Saturday, Dec. 8 as they host Harvard for the last game of the first half of the season. The game can be seen on the Live Well Network and on FOX College Sports. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.