No. 2 Massachusetts Pulls Away Late to Defeat Penn State, 3-0

Darian Dempsey helped Penn State's best stretch of Friday night's game

As games between the No. 2 ranked team in the ACHA and an unranked team coming off of a five-win season go, it wasn't bad.

But as Penn State can tell you, it could've been better.

Kelly Dolan's marker 6:29 into the game created quick separation for favored Massachusetts, and the Minutewomen got late goals from Brittani Lanzilli and Bailey Ingalls to down the Lady Ice Lions by a 3-0 count on Friday night in Pegula Ice Arena.

On the Dolan score, the only one the visitors needed, a pass from the left-wing wall hit Pauline Ayer just inside the Penn State line. Ayer worked down the middle of the zone to the front of the net, where Dolan - who played with the Lady Ice Lions' Liz Tuorinsky on the New Jersey Rockets organization - was able to bury in tight.

For the most part, the PSU defense and goalie Meg Lydick excelled in holding down a UMass team that had averaged eight goals per game entering the contest and features Lanzilli, who won the ACHA's Zoe M. Harris Award as player of the year last season following a 68-point campaign. Lydick finished with 23 saves and saw 26 shots - five fewer than the Minutewomen managed against current No. 3 team Liberty last weekend.

The team's best chances, arguably, came during and immediately after a hooking call to UMass' Meghan Lawler that bridged the first and second periods. The red line of Riley O'Connor, Claire Gauthier and Darian Dempsey was central to most of that sequence, although Katelyn Trask and Meghan Miller also had notable opportunities among the Lady Ice Lions' 16 shots.

PSU did get one other power play, but not until the waning moments of the contest and facing what would be the final deficit. Each team came up empty on two tries on the advantage.

Ultimately, Penn State's legs faded a bit as the game wore on, with UMass holding the hosts to just four shots in the third period. The Minutewomen cashed in on the tilted ice, first with Lanzilli, from Lawler off of a turnover with 12:59 left in the game, then exactly one minute later with Bailey Ingalls, whose drive ricocheted off of a Lady Ice Lions defenseman and past Lydick.

The teams will head 45 minutes down Interstate 99 to Galactic Ice in Altoona, PA to wrap up the weekend set on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 5:30 p.m.

Box Score

First Period
1. Massachusetts, Kelly Dolan (unassisted), 13:31.
1. Massachusetts, Meghan Lawler (2:00 hooking), 1:23.
Second Period
2. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 tripping), 12:29.
Third Period
2. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Meghan Lawler), 12:59; 3. Massachusetts, Bailey Ingalls (unassisted), 11:59.
3. Penn State, Trisha Cierniak (2:00 slashing), 5:03; 4. Massachusetts, Olivia Knight (2:00 roughing), 1:43.
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 23 saves/26 shots; Massachusetts: Amber Greene: W, 16 saves/16 shots.

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