First-year student Alex Moore scored two goals while senior Mel Desrochers added a goal and two assists as the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team defeated Brown University 5-1 at Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon. The win completes a weekend sweep for the Saints after outshooting the Bears by a 33-18 margin.
St. Lawrence (4-6, 3-1) also had multi-point efforts from senior captain Rylee Smith (3a), sophomore Abbey McRae (1g,1a) and rookie Brooke Webster (1g,1a). Brown falls to 1-2-1 (0-1-1), with Ariana Rucker scoring the lone goal for the Bears.
"Another strong effort today, as we knew we would have to get a jump on them because Moore has been excellent to start the year," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We were able to get some nice goals on line rushes and traffic at the net. This is going to be a very tough league this season and to get four points this weekend is a good step for us."
St. Lawrence dominated throughout the first period, owning a 13-4 edge in shots on goal which translated to a 2-0 lead after one. Moore opened the scoring with a power play tally at 12:16 from Smith and Desrochers, while Webster made it 2-0 at 18:47. McRae and Margo Lund assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The offensive struggles continued for Brown in the second period, as they generated only seven shots on goalie Carmen MacDonald, all of which were turned aside. St. Lawrence continued to roll, as Moore scored a rebound, her third of the season, at 14:27 from Smith and Jackie Wand for a 3-0 advantage. Desrochers then made it 4-0 with :58 seconds left in the stanza, scoring on a loose puck in front of Brown goalie Aubree Moore for her fourth of the season. Kayla Raniwsky and Smith assisted on the final goal of the second.
Brown would get on the scoreboard at 9:50 of the third when Rucker beat MacDonald for her second of the year, with Brittany Moorehead assisting. However, McRae would one-time a shot past Moore at 16:31 to ensure her team of the win, as the late insurance tally was set up by Desrochers and Webster.
St. Lawrence finished 1-for-2 on the power play and did not take a single penalty in the game. MacDonald earned the win with 17 stops, while Moore suffered the loss after making 28 saves.
The Saints will look to continue their winning ways when they welcome perennial contenders Harvard and Dartmouth to Appleton Arena next weekend. St. Lawrence will face the nationally-ranked No. 7 Crimson on Friday, November 8 at 7:00pm.