Canton, N.Y. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team suffered its first loss of the 2007-08 season at the hands of No. 4/5 St. Lawrence by a score of 8-0 on Saturday night. Providence now stands at 0-1-2 (0-0-1 HOCKEY EAST), while St. Lawrence improves to 2-2-0.
The Saints took a 3-0 lead after one period of play behind a Sabrina Harbec strike at 6:31, and two consecutive scores by Marianna Locke. Locke's first goal was assisted by Kristen Roach, while the second was from Annie Guay and Harbec. Harbec then opened the scoring in the second period, as she scored on a short-handed bid at 10:10 of the period. Tara Akstull closed the scoring in the second period as she gave the Saints a 5-0 lead at 15:18. Chelsea Grills and Guay were credited with assists on the play.
The Saints added three more in the third. Lisa Batchelor scored a short-handed goal at 9:09, with an assist from Courtney Sawchuk. Then Locke added her third of the night, with assists from Karell Emard and Brittaney Maschmeyer. Grills closed out the scoring at 15:03.
PC's Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.) made 20 stops in the game before giving way to freshman Jennifer Smith (St. Albans, Vt.), who registered four saves in her first collegiate appearance. St. Lawrence's Maxie Weisz made 15 saves to earn the shutout for the Saints.
The Friars return to action Thursday, October 25 for a HOCKEY EAST game against the Huskies of Connecticut. The game at the Freitas Ice Forum will start at 7:00 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.