After a slow start, the Wayne State women's team (2-5-2) appears to be hitting its stride--after a weekend sweep of the visiting Connecticut Huskies (2-4-0), the Lady Warriors are now on a three game winning streak, largely powered by their potent freshman class. The team blanked Connecticut 1-0 on Friday, and won 3-2 on Saturday.
Though Wayne State offensively dominated Friday's game, but were unable to score until late in the third period. While on a power play, Lindsay DiPietro and Sam Poyton set up Melissa Boal for a wraparound shot that she backhanded in to put the Warriors on the board. All three contributors to the goal were freshman.
Goalie Valery Turcotte (pictured) was also a critical factor in the game; she turned away 23 shots and remaining composed during a 6-4 Connecticut advantage late in the game. The victory was Turcotte's second consecutive shutout.
On Saturday, Boal again led the Warrior charge, knocking in a Poyton rebound to put Wayne State on the board. Poyton increased the lead to 2, and Boal and Sarah Campbell were credited with the assists.
Turcotte and the Warrior defense maintained their penalty kill perfection through the game, stifling several 5-on-3 opportunities for the Huskies.
Poyton earned her second goal of the game at 8:42 of the third period; Boal and DiPietro earned the assists.
The Huskies refused to go down quietly and managed to score two goals before the end of the game--the first an even-strength Jaclyn Hawkins wraparound, and the second coming in the last minutes of the game, when Connecticut pulled their goalie to put six attackers on the ice. However, Turcotte and the defense maintained the lead, and the Warriors won their third straight. Turcotte finished with 17 saves.
The Warriors will face 10th-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato on the road next weekend, Nov. 11-12.