DII women dominate Delaware, Navy, West Chester at home
February 24, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
In its final home series of the regular season, Liberty University's ACHA Division II women's hockey team annihilated its competition Friday through Saturday at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Lady Flames (13-4-1, ranked fifth in the ACHA DII East Region) swept seventh-ranked Delaware (8-0 in Friday's opener), Navy (13-0 on Saturday), and West Chester (10-0 on Sunday).
"It was a great weekend," Liberty Assistant Coach Rena Leone said. "The girls played extremely well and played as a team."
The Lady Flames outshot the Blue Hens, 53-26, the Midshipwomen, 82-13, and the Golden Rams, 85-8.
"We were playing in the other team's end the majority of the time, about 80 percent of the games," Leone said.
The Lady Flames got goals from seven different players against Delaware, led by senior forward Chelsey Greenwood who scored the fourth goal in the first period and the sixth goal in the second, both assisted by graduate forward Catharine Burrell (1 goal, 3 assists).
Greenwood also assisted Liberty's first goal by junior defenseman Holly Turner, who assisted Burrell's final goal, the only score of the third period. Freshmen forwards Kiana Zeigler and Paige Arnosti added first-period goals and freshman forward Madeleine Niederer and junior defenseman Brynlee Anderson contributed second-period scoring.
Against Navy, Greenwood netted a hat trick, Burrell scored two goals and distribute three assists, Arnosti contributed a goal and three assists, freshman forward Hope Stengler scored twice and dished out two assists, Niederer and Turner both had one goal and two assists, and senior forward Kaitlyn Langabeer and sophomore defenseman Sarah LaPorte both added one goal.
In the West Chester contest, freshman defenseman Delaney Adams and sophomore forward Brittany Hegele both scored twice, Burrell and Greenwood each had a goal and an assist, and junior forward Shelby Burden, Anderson, Turner and Niederer contributed single scores.
Senior goalie Kelly Hutton (12-3) posted three shutouts and now ranks fifth among goalies in ACHA Division II in goals-against average (1.48), sixth with five shutouts, and 10th in save percentage (93.0).
The Lady Flames will find out their final regular-season ranking next week before traveling to Johnstown, Pa., to compete in the March 16-17 College Hockey East playoffs. If they remain ranked in the top six in the East Region, they will qualify for the March 27-31 ACHA DII National Championships in Frisco, Texas.