BULLDOGS 'STORM' PAST MINNESOTA CROOKSTON 4-0
Friday, October 26, 2012
Heading into the last weekend of the season, the University of Minnesota Duluth knew it would need a pair of wins to ensure a berth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. After Friday's 4-0 dismantling of the University of Minnesota Crookston, the Bulldogs are half way to making their chance at postseason play a reality.
Sophomore forward Maureen Stormont moved her season-long scoring streak to four games with her first collegiate hat trick, netting a goal in the first half before tacking on two additional markers in the latter period. The Stillwater, Minn., native has rattled off 16 points over that stretch, and now leads UMD with 22 points (10 goals, two assists) on the year.
Fellow sophomore Hannah Keil put away the game's first tally (her third of the year) early on, capitalizing on a feed from senior Kelsey Gratz. Freshman goalkeeper Marissa Rosa made her 12th consecutive start between the pipes and was not forced to make a save in 45 minutes of action. Senior Hanna Iaizzo came on in the second half, marking the first time she had appeared in a game since suffering an injury Sept. 15 against Winona State University.
The Bulldogs (8-6-2 overall and 7-5-2 in the NSIC) now sit in seventh place in the league standings, one point ahead of Concordia University-St. Paul. UMD will need to defeat Bemidji State University on Sunday's season finale to to lock up a top eight finish in the league and qualify for the conference tournament. The Bulldogs could still make the field with a loss or tie on Sunday, depending on the results of the other games around the league.
UMD and Bemidji State will kick off from James S. Malosky Stadium at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
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