BRUNSWICK, Maine – Junior forward Gina Mangiafridda found the back of the net twice for the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team on Friday evening in Brunswick, Maine, but the Cardinals fell short, 5-2, to NESCAC-foe Bowdoin, as the Polar Bears received multi-point performances from four players.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Polar Bears (8-6-1, 2-6-1 NESCAC) raced out to a 3-0 lead with only five minutes, five seconds elapsed in the contest. Junior forward Marissa Fichter (two goals) found the back of the net 29 seconds into the game, as she drove down the slot and elevated a shot pass the goal line, assisted by senior forward Julie Dachille (one goal, one assist) and junior forward Brooke Solomon (three assists).
- Solomon orchestrated the second goal, as the Parkton, Md. native played tough against the boards deep in the left corner of the offensive zone, and then sent a pass in front of the net, which was corralled by senior forward Maureen Greason, who buried a turnaround shot from the right circle at the 3:48 mark.
- With 14:55 remaining in the first period, Bowdoin went up 3-0, as Dachille snuck behind the Cardinals' defense and deked Wesleyan sophomore goalie Sam Smith, en route to sneaking the puck over the line glove side.
- Sophomore goalie Allegra Grant, who played in a relief role for Wesleyan (5-8-4, 1-4-4 NESCAC), made an exceptional save on a breakaway chance by Solomon at the 5:48 mark of the second.
- The Polar Bears extended their lead to 4-0 with 8:20 on the clock in the second. Sophomore defensewoman Tala Glass skated down the right boards toward the net, and found Fichter right in front of the crease with a perfect pass, and the Duxbury, Mass. native deposited it into the net.
- Wesleyan tried to get back within striking distance heading into the third, as Mangiafridda struck with her first power-play goal of the season at the 16:14 mark of the second. The Pelham, N.Y. native received a touch pass from junior assistant captain Sarah Goss in the slot, and sent a bullet into the net, trimming the deficit to 4-1. Junior defensewoman Jackie Kilar was credited with an assist on the play. Mangiafridda leads the team with five goals, and ranks second with nine points, as her craftiness with the puck on her stick and the ability to move without the puck into strategic areas on the ice have been two crucial components for the Cardinals.
- Bowdoin extended its lead to 5-1 with 9:35 remaining in regulation, thanks to a goal by freshman forward Julia Surgenor. The Meriden, N.H. native found herself all alone with Grant down near the goal line, and she used her hockey sense to pull the goalie out, while sliding the puck around her and into the net.
- Mangiafridda ended the scoring with 28 seconds left in the third with a rocket in the slot off an outstanding behind-the-net feed by sophomore forward Alexis Banquer. Senior forward Cici Frattasio got the play rolling with a pass over to Banquer behind the goal.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Polar Bears held a 30-12 lead in shots, while Wesleyan led the category, 8-7, during the final 20 minutes of action.
- Grant saved 22-of-24 shots in relief for Wesleyan, playing the final 54 minutes, 55 seconds. Junior goalie Sophia Lattanzio (6-2-0) earned the win in between the pipes for the hosts, making 10 saves.
- Wesleyan went 1-for-3 on the advantage, while being disciplined at the same time, only taking one penalty. Bowdoin was not able to capitalize on its two-minute power play.
- Sophomore forward Colleen Castro won 6-of-10 faceoffs, and freshman forward Sydnee Goyer went 7-for-14 in the circle. Solomon controlled 10-of-15 draws for Bowdoin, while freshman forward Izzi Stoddard went 6-for-7.
- The Cardinals will compete against Bowdoin again on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Brunswick, Maine, as the group will look to rebound and continue climbing the NESCAC standings.