Miami goes wire to wire to Win 2014 National Title

2014-03-17


Miami proved they were worthy of the number one ranking they received and carried throughout the season, taking the 2014 National Championship with a 3-1 win over UMass.

Miami went wire-to-wire, starting the season as the number one ranked team and capturing the National Championship with a 3-1 victory over UMass on Sunday.

Tournament MVP Kaley Mooney scored a five-on-three powerplay goal to give Miami a two goal advantage halfway through the second period that served as the additional insurance for the Redhawks win.

Miami opened the scoring with a pair of goals from Cassidy Guthrie and Jordan Hanson in the first with Mooney’s insurance marker coming after UMass had cut the lead to one.

It was a game highlighted by special teams as Hanson and Mooney each tallied on the powerplay and UMass’ lone goal coming from Siobhan Elvin’s shorthanded tally just 2:08 into the second period. Despite allowing a pair of goals, UMass’ shorthanded unit was dangerous, creating a number of counterattack opportunities thanks to strong goaltending from Chelsea Correll and an opportunistic forward group.

However, the counterattack chances didn’t turn into goals as Dana Lovin was equal to the task throughout the contest , matching Correll save-for-save throughout the contest.

Both teams wound up in the final thanks to narrow wins on Saturday. Morgan McGrath was the lone goal scorer and Lovin made 20 saves to shutout Liberty 1-0 and punch Miami’s ticket to the final.

In the other semifinal, Caleigh LaBossiere and Raschelle Bram scored twice in the final four minutes of the first period and UMass rode their advantage to a 2-1 win over Rhode Island. Correll made 29 saves in the winning effort.

However, UMass put too much on their penalty killers’ plate as they were forced to kill off eight separate infractions, including a pair that occurred in the games dying minutes. Rather than play with the goaltender pulled for a six-on-five advantage, Miami was down two skaters after pair of minors occurred in the final 1:07.

Even with the shorthanded tally, it wasn’t enough for UMass to overcome playing short a player for 16 minutes of game time.

Tournament MVP: Kaley Mooney – Miami (OH)

1st Team All Tournament Team:
Morgan McGrath – Miami (OH)
Caliegh LaBoassiere - UMass
Hayley Williams – Robert Morris (IL)
Kaley Mooney – Miami (OH)
Jordan Hanson – Miami (OH)
Chantal Lischynski – Liberty

2nd Team All Tournament Team:
Lauren Hillberg – Rhode Island
Courtney Fischer – Liberty
Carrie Jickling – Liberty
Monica Korzon – Michigan
Lauren Lanoie – URI
Dana Lovin – Miami (OH)