Beacons Hockey Teams Advance to ECAC Semifinals

February 28, 2013

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Freshman Goalie Casey Schaejbe Makes Career-High 49 Saves in Upset

Both the men's and women's hockey teams will play in the ECAC East tournament semifinals this weekend following big wins in their first-round games.

The men (19-5-2) will play Babson College on Friday at 7 p.m. at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. The women (9-13-4) will play Manhattanville College on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Norwich University.

Behind freshman goaltender Casey Schaejbe of Arlington, who had a career-high 49 saves, the fifth-seeded Beacons upset Castleton State College 5-3 on Saturday. This is the women’s seventh trip to the Final Four in eight years, and the third straight year the Beacons will face Manhattanville in the postseason.

“It’s pretty cool. I think getting that matchup is exciting for us. I think we have a little bit of confidence because we have gone 1-1 with them this year, we do have their number,” said Head Coach Colleen Harris. “We know their systems, they know our systems, so it really comes down to who wants it more and who is able to finish.”

Up until Saturday, the men hadn’t won a postseason game since 2009; their 5-2 victory over the University of New England was the second home conference tournament win in program history.

“It means a lot to get that monkey off our back and win a playoff game and get that first one out of the way, said Head Coach Peter Belisle. “I really feel good. I think the guys feel good going into a Final Four weekend.” Belisle was named the ECAC East Conference’s Coach of the Year last Friday.

“Fans should expect a very fast and physical game on Friday. Both teams match up very well, and it should be an exciting game to watch in a very nice venue,” said Tim Richter, a senior forward from Naugatuck, Conn.

“Playoff hockey is the best kind of hockey to watch. The atmosphere is unbelievable so fans should be in for a great game.”

This past week marked the first time since 2009 that all four winter sports teams were in postseason action. The men’s (12-13) and women’s (14-12) basketball teams lost in the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament. On Tuesday, the Little East Conference named Olivia Murphy of Canton the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, and named her to the All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams. Sophomore Kirsten Morrison of North Reading was named to the Little East Conference second team.

To watch a video recap of the week, go to the UMassBeacons YouTube channel.

To follow Beacons athletics all week long, visit www.beaconsathletics.com.

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