Sarah Lefort Shines in Her NCAA Debut as BU Terriers Defeat Boston College

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIOctober 11, 2012

Photo courtesy of Hockey Québec
Photo courtesy of Hockey Québec

In what has quickly become the finest hockey rivalry in the Eastern United States, Conte Forum hosted the Boston University Terriers. The preseason No. 1  Eagles were looking to open with a win in the first Hockey East conference match of the year before falling to BU 4-2.

Freshman Sarah Lefort scored the first two goals of her NCAA career in her debut match. She tied the game at 2-2 and followed it up with the game-winning goal.

In addition, she led all Terriers with five shots in the contest.  Both of Lefort’s goals were assisted by Marie-Philip Poulin, a member of the Canadian national team. At least 10 Terriers registered a point in the win. Lefort and Marie-Philip Poulin were the only skaters to register at least two points for the Terriers.

Shannon Stoneburgh registered the first goal of the game. The goal was assisted by Rebecca Russo, who earned her first career NCAA point. The other Terriers goal was scored by Jordan Juron, the first of her NCAA career. The dominant Isabel Menard assisted on Juron’s goal.

The Eagles were a perfect  7-for-7 on the penalty kill, while outshooting the Terriers 31-28.

Boston College sophomore forward Emily Field logged a goal and an assist in the loss. Dating back to last season, she has extended her point scoring streak to five consecutive games.

It marked the second consecutive season that the Terriers opened the season with the defeat of a nationally ranked opponent. Last season, the Terriers upended the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Since January 21, 2012, the Terriers have enjoyed nine consecutive conference wins. In its last eight road games against BC, they have been a remarkable 7-0-1.

Perhaps more impressive is goaltender Kerrin Sperry’s numbers in opening games. She has gone undefeated in her career, going 3-0 in opening games. In the road win versus BC, she made 29 saves. It was career win number 41 for the junior. Sperry is now three wins away from breaking Allyse Wilcox's Terriers record for most wins in a career.