WORCESTER – Nor'easters junior goalie Julia Benjamin (Tolland, Conn.) posted her second shutout of the season, making 28 saves for UNE as the Nor'easters defeated the Becker Hawks 3-0 on Saturday evening in Colonial Hockey Conference play.
November 23, 2019
Worcester Ice Center
Score: UNE 3 – Becker 0
Records: The Becker College Hawks 2-6-0 (1-5-0 CHC) | The UNE Nor'easters 4-0-1 (3-0-1 CHC)
Nor'easters junior Kyra Yu (Ogden, Utah) opened the scoring in the first period at 5:32. Sophomore Meghan Hamilton (Rutland, Vt.) sprung Yu on a breakaway and the junior forward made no mistake as her shot squeezed through the pads of Hawks freshman goalie Amber Lee (Nashua, N.H.) to give UNE a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second period, Hamilton would make score her first of the season to put the Nor'easters up 2-0.
A shot from the left point by junior Jessica Tolzman (Apex, N.C.) produced a rebound that found Hamilton, who managed to win a battle in front and score to double the UNE advantage.
UNE added further insurance in the third on a power-play goal by sophomore Bella Crugnale (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Sophomore Elizabeth Walsh (Keene, N.H.) made the play happen, firing a perfect pass across the slot to a waiting Crugnale at the back door to put the Nor'easters up three goals.
Benjamin withstood a strong second period for the Hawks, making 13 saves for UNE in the middle period.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Sophomore Clare Conway (Billerica, Mass.) led the Hawks with seven shots on the night.
- Lee made 21 saves for Becker, falling to 1-3-0 with the loss.
FOR THE NOR'EASTERS
- Hamilton's two-point night gives her a team-high six points through five games this season.
- Yu's and Crugnale's goals were each their second tally of the season.
- Benjamin improves to 4-0-1 in the 28-save shutout.
The Hawks return after Thanksgiving with a home-and-home series on Dec. 6 and 7 as they face Nichols. Becker hosts the Bison on Dec. 6 at 7:10 p.m. then travels to Nichols on Dec. 7 for a 7:40 p.m. puck drop. UNE plays a non-conference game before the Thanksgiving recess, traveling to Salem State on Nov. 26 for a 7:00 p.m. game.