Evangelista Backstops USM to 1-0 Win at UMass Boston

Senior Britney Evangelista made 43 saves in USM's 1-0 win over UMass Boston (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Britney Evangelista made 43 saves in USM's 1-0 win over UMass Boston (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Stops 43 Shots for Her Fifth Career Shutout

            BOSTON -- Senior goaltender Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.) stopped 43 shots to earn her fifth career shutout backstopping the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 1-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Saturday afternoon at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

            The win extends the Huskies' unbeaten string to three games (2-0-1) since their season-opening loss at the University of New England.  The Huskies are now 2-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in league play.  The Beacons dipped to 1-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in NEHC games with their third straight loss.  The two sides will meet again on November 30 at Southern Maine.

            After an evenly played first period with UMass Boston having a 10-9 edge in shots on goal, the home side dominated the second outshooting the Huskies 19-2.  Evangelista turned aside everything the Beacons fired her way to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.

            Southern Maine finally broke through with what turned out to be the game's only goal at 5:33 of the third period.  Sophomore Rylie Binette (Milan, N.H.) scored for the second straight game converting a pass from junior Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine).  Evangelista made the goal stand up stopping 14 UMB shots in the final period.

            UMass Boston senior goalie Alyssa DePippo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made 13 saves before being lifted for the extra attacker with just under two minutes to play.

            Southern Maine hits the road next weekend traveling to Vermont for games against reigning NEHC and NCAA Division III national champion Norwich University on Friday (7 p.m.) and Castleton University on Saturday (4 p.m.).  UMass Boston hosts New England College on Friday (4 p.m.).

 

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