Eighth-ranked Norwood exacted its revenge on the road against Wellesley Wednesday night, defeating the No. 6 Raiders, 4-3, and in the process atoning for the only blemish in its 13-1 record, a 2-0 defeat to the Raiders earlier this season.
The Mustangs survived 50 seconds of six-on-four play to end the game. Christina Frasca made a sprawling save on a shot from Raider winger, Ellie DeCaprio that was destined for the back of the net. The Mustang defense gathered the rebound and cleared the puck.
“Wellesley is a well coached and formidable opponent,” said Norwood coach Bill O’Donnell. “They beat us at home and we returned the favor.”
Norwood led, 2-1, at the end of the first period, behind goals from Taylor Donners (assisted byEmily Kelly) and Kelly (assisted by Donners). But Shanna Hickman scored the next two goals of the game for the Raiders, who entered the third period with the Mustangs all square at 2-2.
The Mustangs jumped ahead early in the frame when Hayley O’Rourke’s wrister was tipped home by captain Lisa Coskren. A few minutes later, the Mustangs' scoring leader, Ally Maloof,broke free and beat the Raiders goaltender glove side for the two-goal edge.
“[The goal] gave us a lot of confidence,” said O’Donnell. “But I told them that a two-goal lead isn’t [enough] against a team like Wellesley.”
And sure enough Hickman tallied her third goal of the night and brought the Raiders within one strike.
A Norwood penalty with 50 seconds remaining then made things even tighter, but Frasca held strong, finishing with 20 saves. The Raiders fell to 10-6-1.
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