Weekly Release: UConn, Merrimack Sweep In League Play
Maine Moves Into Second Place After Three Point Weekend
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Women's Hockey East Player of the Week Leah Lum of UConn

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: UConn and Merrimack swept weekends in Women's Hockey East play last weekend, each taking a win over a nationally-ranked opponent in #9 Providence. The two teams, currently tied for seventh and ninth in the Army ROTC Women's Hockey East standings, respectively, earned an important four points as they vie for a spot in the league playoffs. UConn is now within two points of sixth-place Boston University while Merrimack is just one point away from the eighth and final playoff position ... Vermont's Eve-Audrey Picard (Longueuil, Que.) scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Boston University on Friday, picking up her second hat trick in as many games. It was her third hat trick on the year for the Catamounts ... UConn's Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) had five assists in the Huskies' two victories over Northeastern and Providence. The helpers brought her career total to 57, third-most in UConn history ... Merrimack's Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ont.) racked up five points (2g, 3a) in a two-game sweep for Merrimack. Rae factored in each winning strike for the Warriors, as the junior scored the game-winning goal at #9 Providence and set up the decisive tally at Vermont on the weekend. Merrimack netminder Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Sask.) was in net for each leg of the two-game road set and backboned the Warriors to victory in each case. She denied 64 shots across the two outings, allowing just three goals, to improve to 8-10-1 on the year ... Maine moved up into second place in the Army ROTC Women's Hockey East standings with a 1-0-1 weekend against New Hampshire. The Black Bears were propelled by sophomore netminder Carly Jackson (Amherst, N.S.) who stopped 43 pucks across the two games and picked up her third shutout of the year with a 28-save effort on Saturday ... Boston University dropped its only game of the week, 5-1, to Vermont on Friday. Jesse Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) scored the lone tally for the Terriers, her fifth goal in seven games. She is currently riding a five-game point streak (3g, 2a) and has a point in seven of her last eight outings (5g, 4a).