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Lonergan's Hat-Trick Leads Eagles to 7-3 Win over Northeastern

Tied at 1-1 in the first period, BC’s Daryl Watts moved in towards the goal on a two-on-one with teammate Caitrin Lonergan. Watts slid the puck across to Lonergan, who one-touched the puck right back to a wide open Watts, who then put the puck in the net before the Huskies’ goalie could get back in position.  The goal put the Eagles up, 2-1, giving them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

BC (12-1-2, 6-0-2 Hockey East) routed the Huskies, 7-3, behind three goals and two assists from Lonergan.

The Eagles got off to a slow start in the first period, as they were outshot by the Huskies 15-12, but thanks to Katie Burt’s consistent play in net, BC found itself up 2-1, after the first two goals by Watts and Lonergan. Burt was particularly solid on the penalty kill, where she came up with two huge saves with the blocker and then the left pad back-to-back.

BC extended its lead to 3-1 on a Delaney Belinskas goal before making it four as Lonergan scored following a beautiful move and feed from Watts. Lonergan’s second goal was the last shot that Northeastern goalie Aerin Frank would see, as she was replaced by Brittany Bugalski.  A Huskies tip in by Lauren Kelly with 2:22 to go in the second period would keep the game within reach heading into the second intermission at 4-2.

Kenzie Kent got the Eagles off to a hot start in the third as she followed her shot to the net and put a rebound past the glove of Bugalski.  Less than a minute later, Watts was able to find an opening, snapping a shot through the legs of the opposing netminder.  Lonergan put the exclamation point on the game with her third goal of the night, this one coming via breakaway as Serena Sommerfield chipped the puck up the boards to a streaking Lonergan who put a backhand up high for the shorthanded goal.

Lonergan extends her point total to 38 on the year, which is good for second in the nation behind her teammate, Watts, who leads the nation with 40.

Head coach Katie Crowley spoke to the excellence of Lonergan and what she means to this team. “She was great tonight, and we need her to be great.  She’s done a heck of a job and I hope she continues to do a heck of a job.” The sophomore’s five points in the game marked a new career high for points in a single game.

Burt also picked up her 103rd career victory.  The senior is now 11 wins away from tying the NCAA record for most career wins.

The Eagles will play next against Boston University on Friday, December 1 at Kelley Rink where they will look to extend their season’s series lead to 2-0.

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