Women's hockey clinches playoff bid

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 12, 2011
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Stephanie Scarpato

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Behind a pair of goals from senior Stephanie Scarpato (Osterville, Mass.), Colby College rolled to a 5-1 victory over Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon in women's ice hockey action.

Scarpato, the Mules' leading scorer this season, also had a pair of helpers to bring her to 99 career points. Colby now stands 8-14 overall and 4-10 in NESCAC action and has clinched a berth in the NESCAC playoffs, while Wesleyan fell to 2-17-1 and 0-13 in conference play.

Scarpato's first goal tied the game at the 10:59 mark of the first period. With the Mules skating 4-on-3, Scarpato put one past Wesleyan goalie Ashleigh Corvi (Barrington, R.I.) for her seventh tally of the season. Colby moved ahead 2-1 just over a minute later, as sophomore Tasha Rivard (Newbury, Mass.) tucked one inside the right post at 12:19 to give the Mules a lead they would not relinquish.

Colby added a pair of goals in the second period to take a commanding 4-1 lead. At 5:11, junior Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) took a pass at the right post and flipped it up and in for her fifth goal of the year. Scarpato made it a 4-1 game at 15:47, putting home a rebound for her eighth goal.

Colby made it 5-1 at the 7:25 mark of the third as senior Alex Essman (Littleton, Mass.) added a power-play marker for her third goal of the season. Scarpato received an assist on the tally for her 99th career point.

Wesleyan had jumped on the board first courtesy of senior Sena Ito (New York, N.Y.). Ito beat a Colby defenseman and slipped the puck just inside the right post at 6:01 to give the Cardinals the lead. The goal was Ito's second of the year.

First-year Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) tallied 11 stops for Colby while playing the first two periods. First-year Grace Dickinson (Northfield, Ill.) entered the game to start the third period and had four saves as Colby held a 16-4 edge in shots in the frame.

Colby returns to action on Friday, hosting Middlebury College at 7 p.m.


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