St. Lawrence University junior Vanessa Emond scored her second goal of the season with 2:35 remaining in regulation to pull the Saints to within one goal of nationally-ranked No. 5 Boston University on Friday night in Boston, MA. However, the Terriers, anchored by a 25-save performance by goaltender Kerrin Sperry, were able to hold on for the 2-1 victory in a non-conference game.
The victory moved Boston University to 5-1-0 and kept the team's unblemished home record intact (3-0), while the Saints fell to 1-3-1 on the season despite a solid outing by graduate student Maxie Weisz between the pipes.
"We gave a very good effort tonight, especially Maxie in goal," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We had some great chances to get a better result, but (Kerrin) Sperry was up to our attack. I really like the way we are playing right now as Boston is one of the best teams in the country."
The Terriers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period, despite being outshot 6-5. Louise Warren gave the home team the lead at 9:57, as she beat Weisz for her second goal of the season. Marie-Philip Poulin and Tara Watchorn assisted on the game's first goal.
Sperry was solid in net for Boston University in the first period, but it was Weisz who was fantastic in the second. The Severna Park, MD native turned in a brilliant 19-save performance in the second stanza to keep St. Lawrence within striking distance, trailing only by the 1-0 margin heading to the third period.
The Saints, who had nine power play chances throughout the game, would give up a costly short-handed goal at 3:03 of the third period. With Boston University's Kaleigh Fratkin serving a minor penalty for checking, the Terriers built a 2-0 lead when Jenn Wakefield picked up her eighth goal of the year. Jillian Kirchner and Watchorn assisted on the short-handed tally, Wakefield's second of 2010-11.
St. Lawrence, which controlled the majority of scoring chances in the period with an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal, finally broke through on Sperry at 17:25. Emond was able to cash in on a extra attacker power play try to cut her team's deficit to 2-1, with sophomore Brooke Fernandez and first-year student Bailey Habscheid assisting on the goal.
Though the Saints would have a few more chances in the offensive zone including a shot on net by rookie Rylee Smith, the Terriers were able to protect their one-goal advantage and hang on for the 2-1 victory.
Boston University finished with a 29-26 advantage on shots on goal despite being outshot in two of the periods, while Weisz closed with 27 saves. St. Lawrence earned the only power play goal of the game (1-for-9), while the Terriers finished 0-for-4 with the extra attacker.
St. Lawrence will look to earn a weekend split when it faces Hockey East foe, New Hampshire, on Saturday, October 23. The puck will drop on the Saints and Wildcats at 5:00pm at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH.