BOSTON - Junior tri-captain Natasza Tarnowski collected a career-high three points thanks to a goal and two assists to help lead the Boston University women's ice hockey team to a 4-2 win over No. 8 Providence on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
Tarnowski tallied the eventual game-winning goal with 1:02 left in the second stanza and assisted on junior Deziray De Sousa's power-play goal with 7:45 remaining in regulation as part of her career day. Freshmen Courtney Correia and Mackenna Parker also lit the lamp for BU while fellow rookie Kaleigh Donnelly matched her career high with two assists.
Sophomore Jesse Compher recorded her NCAA-leading 25th assist of the season while junior Breanna Scarpaci and redshirt junior Abbey Stanley each had one assist apiece for the second straight game. Freshman Alex Allan also added one assist.
BU (11-6-5, 8-5-4 WHEA) completed a weekend sweep of Providence (16-6-0, 10-5-0) with the victory, marking the second time this season that the Terriers have swept a weekend set against a ranked foe. They also won two straight against then-No. 4 Boston College on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Sophomore Corinne Schroeder was terrific for the Terriers, making 32 saves to earn her ninth win of the season. She stopped all 17 shots she faced over the final 20 minutes, including seven saves against the Friars' power play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Correia gave BU a 1-0 lead just 1:29 into the proceedings. Donnelly flipped the puck out of the Terrier end and into Friar territory. Tarnowski raced past a Providence defender and picked up the puck in the right circle. She then fed Correia at the left post for the freshman's second strike of the season.
- Christina Putigna responded for Providence at 5:43 to tie the game at 1-1.
- BU closed the first period with two goals in 28 seconds. Parker began the run with her fifth marker of the season at the 18:30 mark. Compher wheeled around the Providence cage and found Allan open in the slot. The freshman's shot was turned aside by Madison Myers (20 saves), but the rebound kicked right out to Parker and she made no mistake to regain the lead.
- Tarnowski then made it 3-1 with a terrific individual effort. Donnelly dished the puck to Tarnowski as the Terriers exited the defensive zone. The junior tri-captain then skated all the way to the bottom of the left circle before lifting a backhander into the top right corner.
- Providence cut the deficit to 3-2 at 16:44 of the second stanza with a shorthanded goal.
- De Sousa delivered a crucial insurance goal with 7:45 to play. Myers turned aside a Stanley shot, but the rebound popped out to Tarnowski, who pushed the puck towards the open net. De Sousa was stationed at the left post, and she made sure the puck went over the line for her fourth goal of the year.
- Schroeder made sure the two-goal lead stood thanks to some excellent netminding. Six of her 32 saves came during the final 3:39 of the contest, including 1:11 of 5-on-3 time for the Friars.
- Tarnowski's last multi-point game came when she recorded two assists against Minnesota State on Nov. 24, 2017.
- De Sousa finished the weekend with a team-high four points on two goals and two assists.
- BU killed all five Providence power plays this weekend, including four on Saturday.
- Donnelly matched career highs in points and assists with her two helpers on Saturday.
- Seven different Terriers lit the lamp this weekend.
NEXT UP: HOLY CROSS
- The Terriers will begin a home-and-home series against Holy Cross in Worcester on Friday night.
- Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.