October 31, 2009



Boston, MA—Rhode Island College saw the 2009 season come to an end in a 5-0 loss to UMass Boston in Little East Conference women’s soccer action at the Clark Athletic Center Field.



 Senior midfielder Christina Tavana


The Anchorwomen close out the year with a 3-12 overall record and a 1-6 mark in LEC play. The Beacons improve to 13-4-1 and 5-1-1 to extend their school record for victories. UMass Boston has secured the number three seed in the Little East Conference Tournament for its highest seeding ever.


UMB sophomore forward Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, MA) registered her second hat trick of the season and third of her career and senior keeper Jessica Penta (Revere, MA) posted her second shutout of the season in the win.


Mulry gave UMass Boston a 2-0 lead at the 22:32 mark of the first half when classmate Molly Kuchar (Ashville, NC) found her with a cross through the back line that she finished with a low shot into the right corner. Mulry’s second tally came just under 10 minutes later when she carried the ball on a break away, made a move on the keeper and scored inside the box at 32:22 of the first half.


Sophomore forward Julienne McCuish (Mashpee, MA) flicked a cross from midfield that Mulry picked up and scored with a shot from 25 yards out for her league-leading 15th goal of the season to give the Beacons a 4-0 lead with just 18 seconds left in the first stanza. The score also made her just the second player in school history to register two or more hat tricks in a season.


Senior midfielder Erika Marsters (Mashpee, MA) celebrated UMass Boston’s Senior Day by bookending the team’s scoring with a pair of goals to match her career-best. Junior forward Tina Gillen (Carver, MA) sent a through ball in the box to Marsters, who converted a shot through the keeper into the near post just 2:47 into the contest to put the Beacons on the board. Marsters capped the afternoon’s scoring when sophomore midfielder Brianna Cavanaugh (Belchertown, MA) fed her in the box and she finished with a high shot over the Rhode Island College keeper at the 57:26 mark to give UMass Boston a 5-0 advantage.


Penta stopped all seven shots she faced to extend her consecutive minutes without a goal allowed streak to 410:14, dating back to Sept. 22 when she allowed a score at Fitchburg State College at the 39:46 mark. RIC junior goalie Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) made 16 saves on the day for the Anchorwomen.


UMass Boston outshot RIC, 29-5 and held an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman forward Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) and senior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT), who was playing in her final collegiate game, led the visitors with three shots apiece.