WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Junior Rachel Sousa (Woburn, Mass.) and senior Maria Nasta (Andover, Mass.) combined for three goals and four assists Saturday afternoon as the University of Massachusetts Boston defeated Plymouth State University, 9-1, in an ECAC Women's East ice hockey game at Waterville Valley Arena.
Sousa scored two goals and assisted on another while Nasta scored one goal and set up three others. The Beacons won their fourth straight game to improve to 11-7 overall and 9-4-0 in the ECAC East, good for third place. PSU continues to search for its first win of the season (0-16-0, 0-12-0).
Nasta assisted on all three Beacon goals in the first period, an even-strength marker by sophomore Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and power play goals by Sousa and freshman Alli Greenberg (Stoughton, Mass.).
Sophomore Tina Worley (Anchorage, Alaska) gave the Panthers some life with the first goal of the second period at 4:05, assisted by junior Mollie Metcalfe (Orleans, Mass.), but UMB scored three more times before the end of the period to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Junior Kristen Smith (Beavercreek, Ohio) scored at the 9:20 mark and sophomore Whitney Fraleigh (Fresno, Calif.) and freshman Julia Gould (Flemington, N.J.) followed with their first goals of the season.
Sophomore Karoline Perdios (Braintree, Mass.) also tallied her first of the season for UMB to open the third-period scoring, and Nasta and Sousa each scored later in the frame to round out the scoring.
Freshman Jami Cudmore (Balgonie, Sask.) made 14 saves to earn her first career victory in the UMB goal. Junior Lauren Bonanni (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Nicole Provencher (Guilford, Conn.) combined to make 32 saves in the Panther goal.
PSU is back on the ice Tuesday with a non-conference game at Bowdoin College (5:00 p.m.) UMB will be home next weekend for a pair of games against Connecticut College and Saint Michael's College.
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