Meghan Fardelmann registers hat trick for Eagles

Chestnut Hill, Mass.--The ninth-ranked Boston College Eagles defeated the Boston University Terriers, 6-1, Tuesday night at Conte Forum to repeat as Beanpot champions in the 29th Annual Women's Beanpot Tournament. The Eagles matched the program-high for wins in a single season.

Sophomore Meghan Fardelmann (Lansing, Kan.) registered five points in the tournament, including a hat trick and four total points in the Championship, and earned the tournament's MVP Award. Freshman Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) stopped 99 of 103 shots for the tournament and was recognized as the Beanpot's most outstanding goaltender with the Bertagna Award.

Fardelmann received a clearing pass from freshman Anna McDonald on the left side of the ice and worked through several BU defenders to pot the game's first goal at 6:16 of the first period.

The Eagles dominated the second period with a 14-9 shot advantage and a run of three unanswered goals. Freshman Kelli Stack picked up her 14th goal of the season at 9:44 with help from McDonald. Fardelmann followed that up with two special teams goals, including a shorthanded tally with 16.6 seconds remaining in the period.

Junior Deborah Spillane, the 2006 tournament's MVP, put Boston College up 5-0 eight minutes into the final frame after receiving feeds from junior Erin Blood and freshman Allie Thunstrom on the left wing. The Terriers spoiled the shutout late in the third period. Jonnie Bloemers had her close-range shot turned away by Schaus, but Nicki Wiart got her stick on the puck and potted her 11th goal of the season. Junior Cristin Stuart finished off the scoring at 19:19 of the third period with her first goal of the season and sixth of her career.

The Eagles went 1-for-3 on the power play for the game and shut down the Terriers' power play unit which went 0-for-3.

Fardelmann's hat trick is the second of her career. Her first came in this season's home opener against Quinnipiac on October 7, 2006.

Boston College continues next Saturday at Providence for a 1:00 p.m. league contest. -BC-