Haley Skarupa Scores First Ever Goal for Boston College in Exhibition Loss

Mark StaffieriContributor IIOctober 20, 2012

Photo from Bethesda Magazine, Image by Jonathan Timmes
Photo from Bethesda Magazine, Image by Jonathan Timmes

In the Boston Blades' final game of their exhibition series versus Boston-based NCAA teams, the highlight of the game belonged to two Boston College Eagles freshmen. Haley Skarupa, one of the most touted NCAA recruits, and Dana Trivigno scored their first ever goals for the nationally-ranked Eagles.

The match at Kelley Rink saw the Blades prevail by a 4-3 tally, but it was a hard-fought win for the Blades. Trivigno’s goal gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Eagles alumni Molly Schaus, the Blades' starting goaltender during the 2011-12 CWHL season, was making her first appearance this season for the Blades.

Entering the second frame, the Blades made several adjustments. With both clubs having registered eight shots in the opening period, the Blades outshot the Eagles with a 20-6 advantage. With the shot differential in the favor of the Blades, the fourth pick overall in the 2012 CWHL draft, Hilary Knight, put the Blades on the score sheet.

Only nine seconds into the third, Caitlin Cahow tied the game at two apiece. Ironically, Cahow is attending law school at Boston College. The 5:33 mark saw Knight record her second marker of the game to give the Blades their first lead of the contest. Kelli Stack, the all-time leading scorer in Eagles history and offensive leader for the Blades, extended the lead to a 4-2 mark.

Kate Leary of the Eagles would pick up the rebound off her shot to reduce the lead to 4-3. Despite the Eagles continuing to apply pressure, Schaus showed great poise between the pipes. Although the Eagles outshot the Blades by a 13-6 mark in the final frame, the Blades preserved their 4-3 win to go 2-0-1 in their three-game exhibition series.

Boston College backstop Megan Miller made 30 saves in the contest, and Meghan Grieves earned her first point with the Eagles. Kelli Stack led all skaters with eight shots on net, and Haley Skarupa led the Eagles with five shots.