UMass Boston Beacons Remain Perfect at Fenway Park
At UMass Boston’s second Frozen Fenway game in three years the heat wasn’t just in the air. (Game-time temperatures were in the 50s.) The men’s hockey team lit up the Babson College Beavers at Fenway Park Thursday, finding the back of the net five times with five different scorers and earning a 5-1 victory in front of some very excited Beacons faithful.
UMass Boston students, faculty, staff, and alumni were out in full force, cheering on the team from the stands.
Freshman Sophia Dudkin, an art history major from Newton, came to Frozen Fenway with her friend, freshman political science major Ursula Barth. They got their tickets through the CLA First! program.
“I came to Frozen Fenway because Ursula made me, but I’m having a lot of fun,” Dudkin said. “It’s my first hockey game ever. It’s my first time at Fenway!”
“I know it’s a very momentous occasion and I love hockey and I love school spirit and want to be out here supporting the team,” Barth said.
Dudkin and Barth predicted a Beacons win early in the game, and it came true. After a slow start by both teams, the Beacons went on the board first 40 seconds after a Beavers goal in the second period was waived off because of a high stick.
“As the game was going on, I was like, ‘I don’t think anybody can score on this ice,’” Head Coach Peter Belisle said. “And then guys were yelling, ‘High stick!’ and I actually turned around and [looked at the scoreboard] and we actually saw the high stick. For us, to score on that next shift was just incredible.”
Babson College tied the game up at 1 apiece, but then the Beacons found the back of the net again and never looked back. Senior All-American Tyler Bishop of Ramsey, New Jersey brought the game to what ended up being the final score of 5-1, and in doing so tied the program record for points by a defenseman.
“I’m glad it happened to land on this day. I’m glad I did it,” Bishop said. “It’s awesome.”
“Growing up being a Red Sox fan, it’s just unbelievable to play here,” freshman Tyler Sifferlen said. The North Andover native played a hockey game at Fenway when he was at Malden Catholic High School. “Playing here in college is even better,” he said.
The UMass Boston men’s hockey team won their first outing at Fenway Park three years ago, beating the Salem State University Vikings 4-2 on January 7, 2014.