PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- A four-point afternoon for Ali Vakos helped top-ranked Plattsburgh State to a 7-0 shutout against the Neumann Knights in an ECAC West matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Stafford Ice Arena.
Giovanna Senese got the offense going at 16:35 of the first period on her second of the year from Alyssa Parke and Ali Vakos. Rookie defenseman Julia Duquette scored her first collegiate goal just 1:11 later on a shot that hit the post and slid past Neumann goaltender Justina Mayr.
With 35 seconds gone in the second period, Vakos found the back of the net to make it 3-0 in favor of the Cardinals. Vakos struck again at 6:23, ripping a shot top shelf for a power-play goal from Parke and Bridget Balisy to give Plattsburgh State a four-goal lead at the end of two periods.
The Cardinals grabbed a 5-0 lead at 5:51 of the third when a centering pass from Vakos found Balisy in the slot and she fired a shot through the five-hole for her fourth of the season.
Jordan Caldwell made it a 6-0 game at 16:06, making a move around a Neumann defender and beating Mayr on the backhand before Parke tacked on one more 33 seconds later to close out the scoring.
Plattsburgh State finished the afternoon with a decisive 40-15 advantage in shots on goal. The Cardinals went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Knights were unsuccessful in three attempts.
Sydney Aveson needed 15 saves to earn her sixth shutout of the season for the Cardinals. Mayr recorded 33 stops in the loss for Neumann.
With the win, Plattsburgh State improves to 8-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the ECAC West. The eight shutouts to start the season mark the longest stretch in program history without allowing a goal.
Neumann drops to 1-6-0 on the year and 0-4-0 in the conference with the loss.