Top 10 Foes Collide as Eagles Travel to Mercyhurst
Jan. 17, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The #2/3 women's hockey team (16-3-2, 10-2-1 WHEA) set sail to Erie, Pa. to take on the #8/7 Mercyhurst Lakers (16-3-1, 8-2-0 CHA) in a two-game set this weekend.
BC continued their torrid pace with a 7-2 victory over Vermont on Saturday and a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over #4 Cornell on Sunday. Haley Skarupa's tying goal with 42 seconds remaining sent to game to overtime before Emily Field's end-to-end rush and top corner shot gave the Eagles their 12th straight victory. The win also extended the team's unbeaten streak to 17-games dating back to October 26th.
Skarupa's tying goal on Sunday was the 20th of the season. She has tallied 12 goals and nine assists over her last eight games which has vaulted her to sixth in the NCAA scoring race with 39 points.
Corinne Boyles extended her personal winning streak to 14-games over the weekend as BC's #2 ranking in the USCHO.com poll stands alone as the highest ranking in program history.
The Lakers are in first place in College Hockey America with an 8-2 conference record and are coming off a two-game sweep over Syracuse last weekend. Mercyhurst leads the all-time series between the two teams 5-2-0.
Led by the nation's #3 scorer in Christine Bestland (13-30-43), the Lakers have jumped out to a impressive 16-3-1 start this season. In goal, the duties have been split between senior Stephanie Ciampa (9-1-0, 1.10 GAA, .944 save percentage) and sophomore Amanda Makela (5-2-1, 1.69 GAA, .924 save percentage). The duo has been instrumental to the Mercyhurst defense as the team has allowed the third fewest goals per game in the NCAA (1.40).
Upon their return from Pennsylvania, the Eagles will have a week off before returning to action against Providence on January 26th.