Women’s hockey squad slips, slides

Assistant Sports Editor
Thursday, January 28, 2010

After starting January strong with a win and a tie against non-conference opponents, the women’s hockey team totaled just two goals in four straight ECAC Hockey losses to fall to 2-14-4 overall and 0-11-3 in conference play.

Facing Vermont, Laurie Jolin ’13 scored on a power play, Sasha Van Muyen ’10 added an empty-net goal and Katie Jamieson ’13 made 34 saves to blank their former ECAC rival on Jan. 3.

Seven days later, the Bears staged a back-and-forth battle with Boston University. After Jacquie Pierri ’12 opened the scoring early in the second period with the first goal of her career, the Terriers scored three straight goals in the middle of the frame.

Bruno responded with a goal late in the second by Van Muyen and tallies by Katelyn Landry ’12, Paige Pyett ’12 and Nicole Brown ’10 in the first five minutes of the third. BU erased the deficit with two late goals and — when neither team could score in overtime­ — the game ended knotted at 5-5.

Brown suffered a 2-0 loss to Rensselaer on Jan. 15, as the Engineers broke through to notch the only goals of the game in a 50-second span midway through the second period.
The following afternoon, the Bears were blindsided by perennial ECAC doormat Union College in a 3-0 loss. For the second time this season, Brown could not solve Union goalie Alana Marcinko, who stopped all 47 shots she faced to match the shutout she posted in a scoreless tie in November. The Dutchwomen captured just their second win in their seven seasons in the ECAC and their first since 2004.

Against St. Lawrence, Jamieson’s 44 saves were not enough to avert a 3-2 loss on Friday. Alena Polenska ’13 gave the Bears an early lead, but the Saints evened the score late in the first period and took a commanding 3-1 lead five minutes into the middle frame. Erin Connors ’10 cut the deficit in half late in the second, but Brown could not draw any closer.

On Saturday, the Bears played No. 3 Clarkson tough, holding the ECAC leaders to just a 38-28 advantage in shots, but came up short in a 3-0 loss. The Golden Knights scored less than three minutes into the game and added two third-period goals, while the Bears were again unable to find the back of the net.

Bruno will play two games against Yale (7-11-3, 5-8-1) this weekend, traveling to New Haven for a Saturday game before hosting the Bulldogs on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Meehan Auditorium.