The no. 5-ranked University ofÂ Rhode Island women’s ice hockey team lost 2-1 and won 3-1 in a two-game series this past weekend when hosting no. 4 University of Massachusetts at the Bradford R. Boss Arena.
Saturday morning marked the first time Rhode Island faced UMass since losing to them in last year’s American Collegiate Hockey AssociationÂ Final Four. Senior goaltender KaylaÂ DiLorenzoÂ expressed no lack of hard feelings toward the opposition.
“It was tough losing to them lateÂ in the first game since we intendedÂ to get the revengeÂ sweep this weekend, especially since it marked our first loss on the year,” she said. “I made most of my saves but a couple shots got behind me unfortunately, and we weren’t able to capitalize on manyÂ of our chances. However, it felt good to come back out on Sunday and get some revenge for last year’s Final Four loss. Our team played a fantastic game, and I was really feeling good in net.”
DiLorenzoÂ saved 31 of 33 Minutemen shots Saturday evening,Â allowing the firstÂ goal with 1:59 left in the first period to UMass’ Amy Morin. Rhode Island tied the score up at 1-1 when senior CassieÂ CatlowÂ scored an unassisted goal with 15:55 left in the second period.Â Both scores came with each team on the power play.
DiLorenzoÂ let up her second goal to Morin once more, with fewer than seven minutes left in the third period as UMass took the first game, 2-1.
In the second matchup of the weekendÂ on Sunday, DiLorenzoÂ received some extra scoring help from her teammates as she remainedÂ a force in goal saving 33 of 34 shots. The Minutemen started the scoring off early in the first period again when UMass’ Meghan Crosby put her team up 1-0Â with 16:18 left,Â off of an AmandaÂ AbromsonÂ assistÂ in front ofÂ Rhode Island’s net.
Rhode Island tied the game up 1-1 with 30 seconds left in the first period when Kristen Levesque scored off of an assist from Janessa Courtney stemming from anÂ AlishaÂ DiFilippoÂ pass.
The Rams broke the 1-1 tie in the second period when Kristy Kennedy scored off of a Sydney Collins assist with 7:49 remaining. DiLorenzoÂ and the rest of the team held UMass scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Rhode Island added on to its 2-1 lead in the third period when Brenna Callahan scored off ofÂ AlishaÂ DiFilippo’sÂ second assist on the afternoon with 12:16 left in the third period. URI out shot UMass 48 to 34 on the afternoon and improved its record to 4-1-0 on the season.
“UMass is always a very tough matchup for any team,” Rhode Island head coach Ashley Pagliarini said. “It just so happens that we had to run into them at last year’s Final Four, but it’s a new year and it felt great to get a win against them this weekend. Our ladies played extremely hard all weekend and I am very proud of what they have accomplished so far. We only hope to continue this success and focus on beating Sacred Heart University next.”
The Rams will host Sacred Heart in a two-game set this weekend at Boss Arena.