GENEVA, N.Y. – Taylor Moreland's career day helped the Sacred Heart University women's ice hockey defeat Williams Smith, 5-1, on Friday evening at the Geneva Recreation Complex. Coming into the game with seven points on the year, Moreland produced more than half of her previous total with her two goals and two assists. She assisted on the first SHU score and then netted the next two to help the Pioneers snap a six game losing streak and improve to 6-13-1 on the year. Alanna Woodford added two points and Nicole Magee saved 31 of the 32 shots that she faced to pick up her second win in goal. With the loss, the Herons are now 2-15-1.
Moreland scored what proved to be the game winner just twenty-three seconds after the first intermission. The goal, which was set up by a Woodford shot, was the freshman's third of the season. Moreland collected the rebound and tucked it into the net for the 2-0 lead. She then gave SHU a three-goal cushion with her second goal early in the third period. Heather Daley set up the power play score with a cross net pass.
Williams Smith cut the lead to, 3-1, just over two minutes after Moreland's second goal. Grace Durham attempted to spark a Heron comeback with 11:08 remaining. Sacred Heart would put an end to any potential comeback with Woodford's unassisted goal, her team-leading 12th of the season, with 6:18 on the final period clock. Woodford nearly collected a second goal minutes later. She beat Heron goalie, Maggie Salmon, but her shot was ultimately denied by the pipe. Alex Davis finished off the scoring with just 1:02 left in the game. Moreland and Natasha Klinoff assisted on the final goal.
After the two teams had nearly identical shot totals in the first two periods, 26-25, SHU used a dominant, 20-7, edge in the third period to outshoot Williams Smith, 46-32. SHU also won the special teams battle, scoring two man advantage goals in six opportunities, while holding the Herons scoreless on its two chances.
Working on the power play early first period, it was Moreland shot that set up Casey Stathopoulos to put the Pioneers ahead just 5:30 into the game. Moreland's initial effort was saved by Salmon but in the ensuing crowd in front of net, it was Stathopoulos, who was initially behind the net, who pounced on the puck and sent it into the net. It was the senior's 21st point on the year, which puts her in a tie with Woodford for the team lead.
Sacred Heart will look for the weekend sweep when the two teams face off again tomorrow. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1:15 pm.