SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Chatham University (Pa.) recorded its first victory of the season Saturday evening, defeating Plymouth State University, 8-0, in the opening round of the fourth annual Saint Michael's College Holiday Classic at Cairns Arena. Sophomore Leah McNaughton (Embro, Ont.) led the way for Chatham with a hat trick.
The Cougars (1-8-1) took an early lead seven minutes into the period, as sophomore Lauren Campbell (Erie, Pa.) netted a power play goal. Chatham continued to dominate the period, as they made it a two- goal game five minutes later. Sophomore Dawson Bancroft-Short (Prairie du Sac, Wis.) netted her second goal of the season and sophomore Sydney Williams (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored on an unassisted drive to net with less than a minute left to make it 3-0 after one period.
The goals continued to come for Chatham, as McNaughton tallied two more in the second period.
Sophomore Breanne Mercanti (Hamilton, Ont.) also scored for the Cougars in the second period and McNaughton netted hat-trick goal with just over 30 seconds remaining in the second frame.
Tired legs took the ice in the third period, as Chatham netted one more goal to make the final score 8-0. Bancroft-Short combined with Williams to assist Campbell with her second goal of the game. Plymouth's defense held strong, as the Panthers were able to find nine scoring opportunities. In goal for the Cougar's, freshman Allie Frank (Glendale, Ariz.) recorded a total of 17 saves, while Panthers sophomore Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) set aside 37.
The tournament concludes on Sunday, as Chatham faces off against Colby at 12:50 p.m., followed by Saint Michael's versus Plymouth State (0-9-0) at 3:50 p.m.
(Courtesy of Saint Michael's Sports Information)
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