The Cats drop fifth in a row

Following a weekend sweep by two of the top-10 teams in the country, the UVM women’s hockey team stands at 4-5. The Friday, Nov. 2 contest against #9 Boston College was the closer of the two affairs for the Cats. Following a physical but scoreless first period, UVM struck first. Nineteen minutes into the second period, senior captain Kate Lesniak took an assist from freshman Molly Morrison and snuck it over the right shoulder of BC goalie Molly Schaus. With one minute remaining in the period, BC answered with a goal from sophomore Kelli Stack, assisted by freshman Katelyn Kurth. The score remained at 1-1 for the majority of the third period. As the clock neared the five-minute mark, BC senior captain Deborah Spillane notched the tiebreaker on an assist from junior Becky Zavisza. UVM removed sophomore goalie Kirsten Olychuck from the net in the final minute of play, trying, unsuccessfully, to tie the game. This strategy backfired as Spillane slipped the puck into an empty net with 19 seconds remaining, increasing the final score to 3-1. “I am very proud of our effort,” head coach Tim Bothwell said. “It’s a disappointing loss, but we played nose to nose with a very good team.” Following the BC contest, the #2 University of New Hampshire Wildcats topped Vermont in the Saturday, Nov. 3 contest. UVM failed to notch any shots on goal in the first period, while UNH junior Sam Faber slipped the puck under Olychuck’s legs at the end of the period, bringing the score to 1-0. Faber’s was the only 5v5 goal UNH scored all night, as the Wildcats tallied their other four points on power-play goals. UNH received a goal each from seniors Jennifer Hitchcock and Sadie Wright-Ward in the second period, lifting the score to 3-0.Wright-Ward scored again in the third, along with sophomore Steph Holmes, whos goal secured the final score at 5-0.The Wildcats outshot the Catamounts 30-7 in the contest.”I like the way we’re playing right now,” Bothwell said. “I like our chances in any game this year.”