WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior defenseman Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario) scored twice and posted an assist to lead the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over St. Anselm at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 15-3-1 overall (12-1-1 ECAC), while the Hawks fall to 10-7-1 on the season (8-4-1 ECAC). Holy Cross' victory over the Hawks is the first in program history.
St. Anselm's Molly Corl got the game started with two goals in the first period. Corl went top shelf twice to give the Hawks an early 2-0 lead. Holy Cross answered back at the 16:13 minute mark when Wilson scored from deep in the crease. The Crusaders tied the game less than one minute later when rookie Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) netted her fifth goal of the year.
English gave Holy Cross the 3-2 lead at the 9:47 mark in the second period when she tipped in Wilson's shot from the blue line. The Crusaders held the Hawks to just two shots on net in the second period and went to the locker room up, 3-2.
After a hard fought 18 minutes in the third period, St. Anselm appeared poised to tie the game when Holy Cross junior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan) got called for interference and sent to the box. The Hawks pulled their goalie and put the heat on Holy Cross sophomore goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.). A defensive recovery by the Crusaders and an empty-netter by Wilson preserved Holy Cross' lead, ending the game in favor of the Crusaders, 4-2.
Dominick-Sobol earned her second win in two nights, allowing just two goals and making 12 saves. St. Anselm's Amy Zappen suffered her fourth loss of the year, allowing three goals and making 29 saves. Holy Cross put 33 shots on net, while St. Anselm recorded 14. The Hawks capitalized on one power play opportunity (1-7), while Holy Cross did not (0-5).
Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 6 for a 2:00 p.m. game against St. Michael's.