By Susannah Nichols/ WSU Women's Beat Writer
The Wayne State Warriors women’s hockey team (4-4-0) played with heart and hustle last weekend, but couldn’t translate their efforts into a victory. The team was swept by No. 4 St. Lawrence 5-3 on Friday night and 5-2 on Saturday.
On Friday, the Warriors mounted an impressive comeback effort after falling behind 3-0. Late in the second period, Lindsay DiPietro scored two goals, one assisted by Melissa Boal, and the other assisted by Sam Poyton (pictured). Less than three minutes into the third period, the Warriors went on the power play, and Boal scored off of her own rebound to knot up the game at three.
St. Lawrence, however, was quick to recover and added two goals to seal the 5-3 victory.
Senior goalie Tiffany Thompson recorded 15 saves in Friday’s game.
The Warriors got on the board first in Saturday’s game. Katrina Protopapas scored her third goal of the season on the power play. Boal and Chelsea Burnett earned assists on the play. St. Lawrence then responded with three straight goals despite excellent penalty killing work by the Warriors’ defensive unit and 19 second-period saves by senior Valery Turcotte.
Poyton set up Boal for a left-side goal to pull the Warriors within a goal. St. Lawrence, however, was able to light the lamp twice more and stifle any offensive energy from Wayne State.
Turcotte finished the game with 35 saves.
Wayne State faces Northeastern in Boston this weekend.