Junior forward Danielle Welch records hat trick and adds assist for Eagles

Junior forward Danielle Welch had a hat trick and an assist for the Eagles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The ninth-ranked Providence College women's ice hockey team fell to No. 7 Boston College, 4-2, Sunday at Schneider Arena.

Eagle junior Danielle Welch tallied a hat trick, including the eventual game-winner. Friar junior Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) scored both goals for the hosts.

The Eagles jumped on top with a pair of first-period strikes. At the 5:09 mark, with BC on the power play, Welch tipped home an Ashley Motherwell slapshot for the 1-0 edge. Then, at 18:12, Welch connected again from the right of the doorstep to send BC into the first intermission with a 2-0 advantage.

Providence responded in the middle period. At 14:08 and on the power play, Veharanta carried to the left circle and fired a wrist shot through the wickets for her seventh of the year.

Veharanta struck again at the 3:35 mark of the third period, against carrying into the zone and shooting from the circle, this time top shelf, to knot the game, 2-2.

The game-winner came less than five minutes later. At 8:14, Welch beat Friar goalie Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) from the slot for her third of the game. BC freshman Melissa Bizarri added an insurance goal at 17:25 to round out the scoring.

Lacasse finished with 20 saves. BC netminder Molly Schaus turned in 29.

The Friars return to action on Saturday, February 12 when they host Connecticut. Face-off is at 2 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the PC ticket office at (401) 865 GOPC. On Sunday, February 13, the Friars will play in their first ever outdoor game when they travel to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. to play UConn. The 4 p.m. start is part of Whalers Hockey Fest. Tickets are general admission and available by calling (860) 728-3366.