Freshman Daryl Watts glided calmly through the slot, then suddenly swiveled and ripped a vicious wrist shot that sailed over the glove of the UConn goaltender and into the back of the net.
Watts’ goal in the second period gave BC a comfortable lead with the team’s third and final goal in its 3-0 victory over the UConn Huskies.
The Eagles unleashed a barrage of shots on goal and were backed by a strong performance from senior goaltender, Katie Burt, in the win. BC outshot UConn, 34-22, and Burt made a number of impressive saves to lock down the shutout. Burt chalked up win number 101 of her collegiate career, bumping her to second all-time in wins.
Watts continued an already impressive freshman campaign. In addition to her goal, she also notched an assist in the game. Watts leads the nation in assists with 20 and leads BC in goals with 13. The contest against UConn also marked her 10th multi-point game of the season so far.
BC jumped out to a quick lead in the first period, scoring its first two goals within nearly a minute of each other. Erin Connolly got the Eagles on the board to start the game, and her teammate Caitrin Lonergan followed suit with a score just 1:09 later to go up, 2-0, with 12:28 left in the period
“Caitrin and Daryl, their line scores a lot for us.” said Head Coach Katie Crowley. “It was nice to see Erin’s line chip in there for a goal.”
Though Lonergan and Watts’ line contributed two out of the team’s three goals, the win can be attributed to the efforts of the whole squad, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the ice. UConn had chances on three power plays in the second period, but the BC penalty kill unit was able to keep the Huskies off the board each time.
“I’m glad we were able to kill those ones off.” said Crowley of the penalty kills. Our power play wasn’t great today, but I thought our penalty kill was very good.”
Though BC was unable to convert on a number of power play chances in the third period, its control of the game was never in doubt after the two quick goals in the first. The Eagles maintained possession throughout much of the game and held the UConn offense in check.
The two teams will complete a home-and-home series tomorrow afternoon in Storrs, Connecticut with puck drop at 3 p.m. The Eagles, who sit as the No.2 team in the nation, return to Conte Forum on Tuesday, November 28th for a tilt against Northeastern.