Salem State Men’s and Women Ice Hockey Updates – Vikings Men’s Soccer Falls in NCAAs, Season Ends

Men’s Hockey

SALEM – Tim Drevitch (Oxford, N.J.) had a goal and an assist and Josh Reinstein (Woodland Hills, Calif.) made 18 saves as Worcester State blanked Salem State 4-0 in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon at Rockett Arena. The Lancers remain perfect on the season at 5-0 and 3-0 in conference while Salem State goes to 2-2 and 1-2 in the MASCAC.

Worcester State took advantage of their only power-play opportunity in the first as Andy DeAngelis (Poughquag, N.Y.) put home a shot on an assist from Drevitch at 8:07 for a 1-0 Lancers’ lead.

Drevitch increased the margin to 2-0 when he added a power-play goal 8:14 into the second.

The Lancers, who outshot the Vikings 28-18, put the game away in the third as Mitchell Purdue (Peterborough, Ontario) put home a rebound after a three-on-one breakaway eleven minutes in. Less than four minutes later Kyle Griffin (Marlboro, Mass.) iced the game as his shot deflected off the post an into the net for a 4-0 Worcester State lead.

Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ontario) made 24 saves for the Vikings while Mike Moran (Milfrod, Mass.) added two assists for the Lancers.

Women’s Ice Hockey

SALEM —  Vanessa VanBuskirk (Winthrop, Mass.) scored with less than a minute remaining to force overtime as Salem State skated to a 4-4 tie against Morrisville State in a Colonial Hockey Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at Rockett Arena. VanBuskirk knocked in a loose puck with forty-eight seconds remaining to help break a three-game winless streak for the Vikings. Salem State is now 0-3-1 on the season while the Mustangs go to 5-0-1 and 3-0-1 in the Colonial Hockey Conference.

Despite a 10-3 advantage in shots in the first by Morrisville State, the two teams entered the first intermission in a scoreless tie.
The Mustangs opened up the scoring in the second period as Shanley Austin (Rochester, N.Y.) converted on the power-play for a 1-0 lead. However, Kylie Currier (Middleton, Mass.) answered for the Vikings with an unassisted goal at the 8:29 mark.

A Rose Sullivan (Charlestown, Mass.) one-timer temporarily gave Salem State a 2-1 lead, but back-to-back goals by Morrisville State just thirty-eight second apart gave the Mustangs a 3-2 advantage. A power-play goal by Kylie Cameron (Burlington, Ontario) and a score by Alexziz Giannamore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) put Morrisville State back into the lead as the teams headed into the third.

Madison Devlin (Campbell River, B.C.) gave Morrisville State a two-goal cushion early in the final period, but Currier answered with her second of the game at 12:12 of the third to pull the Vikings to within 4-3.

An interference call on Morrisville State in the final minute set up VanBuskirk’s goal to force overtime.
Sarah Plourde (Hooksett, N.H.) made 45 saves in the tie while her counterpart Karoline Arvik (Trondheim, Norway) stopped 10 shots. The
Mustangs held a 49-14 advantage in shots and won 50-64 (.781%) faceoffs

Men’s Soccer / NCAA Loss

AMHERST, Mass. –With two minutes left to play in a tie game, Fikayo Ajayi ’19 curled a corner kick into the back of the net for his second goal of the day and No. 16 Amherst College survived a brave ten-man Salem State University squad with a 2-1 victory in their NCAA Tournament First Round game on Saturday at Hitchcock Field.
The Mammoths improve to 12-3-2 on the season and will advance to Sunday’s second round game, which will be played at 1:00 pm at Hitchcock Field against the winner of Endicott and Springfield.
Salem State, the champions of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) close out their season with a 12-6-1 record.
Amherst had a 23-8 edge in shots and a 12-1 corner kick advantage, and outshot Salem 10-3 in the first half, but failed to break through until the 23rd minute, when Ajayi converted a penalty kick after a foul in the box.
It was the fourth goal of the year for the striker, and his second penalty kick conversion in as many chances this season.
Mike Stone ’21 made four saves in his first ever NCAA tournament appearance. He punched away a difficult attempt by Grace Dos Santos (Photo Below) to keep the game scoreless just minutes before the home team earned a penalty kick.
His counterpart, sophomore Chris Jimenez, made seven saves in defeat for the Vikings.
Dos Santos would get his revenge in the 66th minute, tying the game when he broke into the box on the left side and went nearly to the end line before sliding the ball past Stone from a difficult angle.
Both teams had chances to win the game in the final twenty minutes. With 18:25 to play, Jimmy McMillian ’20 clanged a shot off of the right goal post.
Ten minutes later, Salem State nearly took the lead when leading scorer Mayele Malango got free in the box, but Stone came way out of his net to cut down the angle and block the shot attempt

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