Salve Regina University 6, Connecticut College 3
Desorcie Tallies Two Goals & One Assist for Camels
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. --(SRU Sports Information) Freshman Michaela Chiuccariello (Winchester, Mass.) scored four goals to lead the Salve Regina University Seahawks to a 6-3 victory over Connecticut College during a Division III women's ice hockey match up at Portsmouth Abbey on Sunday evening. The win improves the Seahawks to 4-3-2 overall, while the Camels slip to 2-4-1 on the season.
Chiuccarielo scored in every period to tie former Seahawks Courtney Caufield and Danielle Darisse for the SRU program record for goals in a game. The freshman center now leads the team in points (10) and goals (6), while also tying for the team-lead with four assists on the year. Sophomore Shannon Coleman (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Taylor Shepherd (Quincy, Mass.) each added both a goal and an assist for the Seahawks, while junior Samantha Zitzer (River Forest, Ill.) collected a pair of helpers in the win. Freshman Sarah Markey(Ashland, Mass.) and junior Sarah McCusker (Havertown, Pa.) each dished-out one assist on the night, while senior goaltender Rebecca Simmons (Averill Park,N.Y.) was once again impressive between the pipes, making 29 saves to improve to 3-2-2 on the season.
The Camels were led by freshman Jess Desorcie (Westford, Vt.) who compiled three points on two goals and an assist, while senior Jillian Dolliff (Excelsior, Minnesota) added a goal and a pair of helpers in the loss. Junior Sam Shuffenecker (Oswego, N.Y.) contributed two assists for the visitors, while freshman goalie Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) made 22 saves in a losing effort.
The Seahawks came out hot in the opening period, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of action. Chiuccariello got things started with power play goal off a feed from Zitzer at the 5:13 mark of the openingframe. Shepherd followed with an unassisted marker at 8:39, before Coleman capped the scoring outburst less than a minute and a half later, as Zitzer once again earned the assist.
What looked to be a comfortable Salve Regina lead was quickly threatened by the Camels after a pair of goals just 19 seconds apart from each other. Desorcie scored the Camels' first goal at 16:26, before assisting Dolliff for the follow up score at 16:45, cutting the Salve Regina lead to 3-2.
The Seahawks bounced back just before the end of the period, as Chiuccariello scored her second power play of the game with just seven seconds remaining in the opening frame to send the Seahawks into the break holding a 4-2 advantage.
The Seahawks extended their lead to 5-2 in the second period as Chiuccariello completed the hat trick with a break away goal, which was set up by Markey just 2:56 into the middle frame.
Desorcie added her second goal of the game for the Camels at the 14:45 mark of the third period to bring Connecticut College back within two goals.
However, Chiuccariello iced the 6-3 victory less than a minute later, scoring her fourth goal of the contest off a feed from Shepherd with just 4:34 remaining in the period.
This was the last game before the winter break for both clubs. The Camels return to action on Jan. 4 at Nichols College, while the Seahawks next take to the ice on Jan. 6 versus St. Benedict.
Tracking the Camels: Jess Desorcie (2 goals, 4 assists) and Jillian Dolliff (3 goals, 3 assists) share the team lead in scoring with six points each. Ariel DiPasquale has accounted for three goals in the early season. Rookie net-minder Kelsie Fralick has compiled a 3.20 goals against average and a .887 save percentage in five starts for the Camels. Amy Leichliter stopped 32 shots in a shutout victory against the University of St. Thomas Saturday and carries a 3.37 goals against average and a .887 save percentage into the break.
December 11, 2011