BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) tallied a goal and an assist in the third period as the No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team rallied to defeat UMass Boston by a 4-2 score on Tuesday evening. The Camels extended their unbeaten streak against Division III opponents to 10 straight games by having four different players find the back of the net.
With the team trailing by a 2-1 score late in the second, junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) scored a power play goal at the 15:16 mark by gaining control of the puck from behind the net and sending it home through the near post to tie the game at the second intermission. Sophomore Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) and Dillon then set up senior captain Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.), who ripped a shot to the upper 90 at the 8:04 mark of the third period to put the Camels ahead for good. Dillon then added an unassisted marker for insurance with under five minutes left.
After a scoreless first period which saw Connecticut College hold a dominating 11-4 advantage in shots, the Camels broke through when senior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) netted a shorty at the 6:21 mark of the second frame. UMass Boston (7-10-4) answered with back-to-back power play goals which came off the sticks of Kaleigh Beauregard and Jane Morrissette, but the Camels seized the momentum back on special teams themselves thanks to Gualtieri's seventh tally of the season and never trailed again.
Junior netminder Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) picked up the win for Connecticut College by turning away 15 shots, while Rachel Myette suffered the loss despite making 31 saves.
Connecticut College (12-3-3), which has not lost to a Division III opponent since being upended by then-No. 1 Norwich on Dec. 10, resumes NESCAC action when it travels to Colby this weekend for a two-game series. The teams will first face off on Friday at 7:00 p.m.