The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team held a 1-0 lead in the first period against nationally-ranked No. 2 Boston College on Friday night in Chestnut Hill, MA. However, the Eagles used back-to-back short-handed goals only 12 seconds apart, including one from Haley Skarupa who finished with a hat trick as the home team skated to a 5-2 non-conference win over the Saints.
Sophomore Abbey McRae and senior captain Mel Desrochers scored goals for the Scarlet and Brown, who fall to 1-4 on the season having played their third straight game against a top-3 opponent. Boston College remains unbeaten at 2-0 after outshooting St. Lawrence 37-28.
"We had some real good chances early to build on our 1-0 lead and were not able to capitalize, which allowed Boston College to gain some momentum. ," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We will regroup and get back up on the horse tomorrow."
St. Lawrence struck first only 1:42 into regulation as McRae netted her first of the season on Eagles' goaltender Corinne Boyles. Jackie Wand and Margo Lund picked up the assists.
A penalty against Boston College's Lexi Bender late in the period appeared to give the Saints a great chance to make it 2-0. However, Skarupa's third of the season came short-handed at 17:20 on St. Lawrence goalie Giulia Mazzocchi, while Andie Anastos followed at 17:32 still short-handed to put Boston College on top 2-1 at the end of the first.
The two special teams goals would ignite the Eagles and started a five-goal run that gave them a 5-1 advantage midway through the third period. Taylor Wasylk and Skarupa scored in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the third before Skarupa completed the hat trick at 9:40 with an unassisted tally for the 5-1 lead.
Desrochers would score an extra attacker goal with one second remaining in the contest for her second of the season and a 5-2 final, as McRae and rookie Alex Moore earned helpers.
Mazzocchi made 32 saves in the game including a game-high 15 in the third period, while Boyles closed with 26 saves to earn the victory. St. Lawrence was 0-for-5 on the power play while Boston College was 0-for-2.
The Saints and Eagles will square off in a rematch tomorrow, Saturday, October 12 at 2:00pm.