East Meadow, NY– Oh, how sweep it is. The LIU Women’s Hockey team wrapped up a two-game series against Stonehill College on Saturday.
LIU won with just under 42.6 seconds left in regulation, improving to 8-1-0 in conference play while improving to 9-6-0 overall this season.
The win marked the seventh straight win for the Sharks under head coach Kelly Nash.
Ashley Morrow-Megan Bouveur-Carrigan Umpherville
Maggie Culp-Jeannie Wallner- Abby Latorella
Stella Scott- Sarah Rourke- Mary Rachel Lenaeus
Mikayla Lantto- Ryane Kearns- Journey Miller
Emma-Mörtl- Lisa Schröfl
Paula Bergström- Sasha Hartje
Alva Johnsson- Bri Eid
Mikayla Lantto got things going for the Sharks just 3:07 into the first period for her fourth goal of the season. LIU freshman forward Ryane Kearns and senior defenseman Alva Johnsson were credited with the assists.
Alexis Petford made the game even at one apiece 8:48 into the first for Stonehill, which was Petford’s 10th goal of the season. Brianna Walkom and Josie Mendeszoon were credited with the assists.
Carrigan Umpherville broke the tie 7:38 into the second period for LIU. The goal marked the LIU’s senior winger’s ninth point of the season. Senior Megan Bouveur and Alva Johnsson picked up the assists for the Sharks.
Maddison Achtyl notched her fifth goal of the season for Stonehill at 10:37 of the second period to tie this NEWHA battle again at two.
Jeannie Wallner did not want this game to go to overtime so she took matters into her own hands. With 46.2 seconds left in regulation, Wallner lit the lamp for her seventh goal of the season.
The Force is Strong with the Sharks
You can tell right away following the win what the Culture feels like for this LIU women’s hockey team. They could be heard blasting one direction outside of their locker room Saturday afternoon.
“I would say it’s healthy right now. I mean, the entire team has bought in and it shows in practices also. So it’s not just game time, but it’s in practices, it’s in team meetings, it’s in the weight room and it’s great to see and it’s great to see we’re getting rewarded with wins from it also,” Head Coach Kelly Nash said.
Part of being healthy is being energetic and that’s one of many ways Kings Park native and the game-winning goal scorer Jeannie Wallner describes the current locker room culture for the Sharks.
“I would describe the culture as a very happy team… Very enthusiastic. We’re always there to help one another and especially on the bench like when like for instance when Tinder makes a save like we all are there to raise the energy to help one another,” Wallner said.
Kelly Nash is Having Fun
In her first season, Nash has put up some impressive numbers. After Saturday’s win, the Sharks under Kelly have had three straight series sweeps and are now 8-1-0 in NEWHA conference play.
“I am having a lot of fun, that’s for sure and major credit to the staff that’s on my side. Our assistant coach Nora [Maclaine]has been incredible on the ice and off the ice with everything keeping this team together.”
The question now is where does this red-hot LIU squad go from here?
“I think we stick to the game plan here, not taking any breaks or sitting back either. I think we just got to keep pushing forward with it,” the first-year head coach said.
Next up: The Sharks are off for Thanksgiving but are back in action on Dec. 2 at 7:45 eastern at Northwell Health Ice Center against Sacred Heart University.