Bradley Backstops Women's Hockey To 3-0 ECAC East Quarterfinal Win Over Valiants

Bradley Backstops Women's Hockey To 3-0 ECAC East Quarterfinal Win Over Valiants

STAMFORD, Conn.—UMass Boston women's hockey avenged last season's season-ending loss to Manhattanville College with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Valiants Saturday evening in the ECAC East Quarterfinals.

Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) helped the fifth-seeded Beacons (12-10-4) earn their first-ever win against the Valiants in postseason play, after falling six times in the past six seasons. With the victory, the Beacons advance to the ECAC East Semifinals where they will travel to take on top-seeded Norwich University at 3 p.m. 

Manhattanville wraps up their season with an 8-14-4 record, after finishing as the fourth-seed in the ECAC East.

Bradley became the first UMass Boston player to record a postseason shutout, with 17 saves on 17 shots. With the shutout, Bradley ties Amanda Boucher ('06) for the most shutouts in a single-season with her fourth shutout of the year. She stopped eight shots in the first period to help UMass Boston grab a lead and never looked back to move to 7-3-4 in her first season at UMass Boston.

Junior defenseman Kelsey MacIsaac (Durham, N.H.) recorded the first game-winning goal of her career, while freshman defenseman Kat Armstrong (Boulder, Colo.) picked up the first collegiate goal of her career, with a late empty-netter.

Senior captain Katie Loiselle (Glocester, R.I.) added the Beacons final goal to help UMass Boston improve to a season-best two-games over .500. Junior Tori Pizzuto (Waterbury, Conn.), Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) all picked up assists in the victory.

Kirsten Shaughnessy stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Valiants, who had reached the ECAC East Championship Game in each of the past three seasons.

MacIsaac put the Beacons on the board at 15:41 of the first period, when she buried a shot from the blue line past Shaughnessy. Pizzuto and Kiernan each registered assists on the play.

Neither side found the back of the net in the second period, as the teams mustered just 13 combined shots.

UMass Boston pushed the lead 7:32 into the third period, when Loiselle scored her seventh goal of the season. Sullivan picked up the assist, as all three members of the Beacons' second-line earned at least a point in the win.

Manhattanville earned their third power-play of the contest midway through the period, when Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was sent to the box. Bradley and the Beacons' defense stood tall though, as UMass Boston held the Valiants to an 0-for-4 mark on the night.

Armstrong put the game out of reach with 52 seconds to play, when she scored an unassisted empty-net goal, to give UMass Boston their second-straight victory.

UMass Boston outshot the Valiants 32-17 for the contest, while ending the night 0-for-2 on the man-advantage.