Mustangs Conclude Inaugural Season with 4-1 Loss to Pioneers
REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Stevenson women's ice hockey freshman McKenzie Taggart (Centennial, Colo./Colorado Selects) scored the first shorthanded goal in program history at the 3:26 mark in the second period, however, Utica scored two goals in the first period en route to a 4-1 victory at Reisterstown Sportsplex Sunday afternoon.
The Mustangs (6-15-1) finish the season with the second most wins amongst the other inaugural Division III women's ice hockey programs this season in Franklin Pierce and New England. Franklin Pierce ended their season 7-14 while New England went 1-10.
Taggart's shorthanded goal tied her for a team-best six tallies this season with freshman Molly O'Neil (Aurora, Colo./Colorado Selects) who assisted on the goal. The pair finished 1-2 in points on the season with 13 and 12, respectively. Freshman Kristen Webber (West Lebanon, N.H./Kimball Union Academy) was credited with the second assist.
The Pioneers (15-8-2) scored two even-strength goals 2:31 apart to close out the first period. Nicole Schwartz netted her second game-winner of the season at 17:49.
In another physical game, the two teams combined for 18 penalties on Sunday and 42 total in the weekend series. The Mustangs and Pioneers rank fourth and fifth in Division III for penalty minutes per game at 14.2 and 12.9, respectively.
Utica boasts the nation's best penalty kill at 94.8 percent, allowing only seven power play goals on 135 chances this season. Stevenson was 0-for-8 for the game and 0-for-17 in the series.
Freshman netminder Mackenzie Bruch (Hiram, Ga./Boston Shamrocks) made 34 saves and finished the season with a team-leading .924 save percentage which ranks 27th nationally.