PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) put an exclamation point on her first goal of the season as she fired in the game-winner to give the Brown women's hockey team a 2-1 victory over Union in ECAC Hockey play at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday. The Bears (4-16-5, 3-12-3 ECAC) complete their first weekend sweep of the season following last night's 3-0 shutout of Rensselaer.
Senior Jessica Hoyle (Toronto, Ontario) supplied the game-tying goal with 43 seconds left in the first period, while senior goalie Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) continued her tireless goalkeeping with 26 saves. Following her second career shutout, Moore pushed her saves total to 77 for the weekend and turned the Dutchwomen away time and again in the final minutes to preserve the win.
For Union (9-20-1, 4-14-0 ECAC), Stefanie Thomson put her team ahead early with the squad's lone goal, while goalie Shenae Lundberg stopped 25 shots on the evening.
Thomson spoiled Moore's weekend shutout 4:26 into the first period with a top shelf rebound of Christine Valente's initial shot. Brown aimed to retaliate when junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) beat three defenders down the left wing with 4:33 left but her backhand push was turned away by Lundberg.
It looked as though the Dutchwomen would escape with a 1-0 first period lead until Hoyle wound up for a blazing slapshot and crushed a perfectly-timed passes from junior Kaitlyn Keon (Toronto, Ontario) and Lauren Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) on the breakaway to knot the score at 1-1 with 43 seconds to go in the frame.
Masucci broke the tie at 6:53 in the second period with a blast from the left of the crease on junior Janice Yang's (Westport, Conn.) rebound. Senior Samantha Woodward (Lexington, Mass.) provided the initial pass, while Lundberg found herself over-committed to Yang's shot and couldn't recover to contest Masucci.
Union put the Brown defense to the test in the third, outshooting the Bears 11-6. Katherine Tomaselli and Haley Welch each ditched multiple defenders and got open looks at the net, but Moore stayed composed and diligently made each save.
Lundberg skated for the bench with 2:05 left in regulation as the Dutchwomen added an extra skater to pursue the tying goal. Union nearly got just that with 1:10 left after Maddy Norton's shot was blocked by Yang and the rebound fell in front of Thomson, who wailed an attempt from straight away only to see Moore smother it.
Brown travels for its final road trip of the regular season when the Bears take on Princeton on Friday, Feb. 14, and Quinnipiac on Saturday, Feb. 15.