MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Anselm women's ice hockey team knocked off the Plymouth State University Panthers Saturday afternoon, 10-1, in an ECAC East Conference game at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks were led by Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Kristen Byrne (Duxbury, Mass.), who each scored two goals in the game. The win lifts the Hawks to 12-8-1 (10-4-1 ECAC East), while the Panthers sink to 0-20 (0-15 ECAC East).
The Hawks came out of the gate quickly, netting three goals in the first six minutes of the game. Giarrusso flipped in the first goal off a pass from Jamie Lynn Comrie (Ashburn, Virg.) at 1:59 in the first period. Picarello knocked in the second goal at 4:22, and Katilin O'Brien (South Boston, Mass.) shoved in a third goal at 5:20. Byrne converted a rebound on a Hawk power play to put the Hawks up 4-0 and Giarrusso scored her second goal of the game on a breakaway drive to give the Hawks a five-goal lead heading into the second period.
PSU sophomore Michelle Leonard (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored her first career goal midway through the third period, assisted by freshmen Jenn Bove (Medford, Mass.) and Jackie Collins (Dedham, Mass.) to put the Panthers on the board. But that was all the offense PSU could muster.
Both teams are on the road for conference games next Friday, Feb. 12th, Saint Anselm visiting Manhattanville College and PSU traveling to UMass Boston.
(Courtesy of Saint Anselm Sports Information)
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