Crusaders Set For ECAC Open Tournament
Overall Record: 18-4-2 (15-2-2 ECAC)
Last Week: 1-1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 13, Plymouth State 2, Waterville Valley, N.H., 2/19
Southern Maine 3, Holy Cross 2, Gorham, Maine, 2/20
Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 27, vs. St. Michael's (ECAC Open Tournament), Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28, vs. St. Anselm/Sacred Heart (ECAC Open Tournament), Worcester, Mass., 1:00/4:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team (18-4-2, 15-2-2 ECAC) will host the ECAC Open Tournament Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 27-28. The Crusaders will host St. Michael's (3-19-1, 1-17-1 ECAC), St. Anselm (14-10-1, 12-6-1 ECAC) and Sacred Heart (7-16-1) at the Hart Center. Holy Cross and St. Michael's will face off on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 12:00 and St. Anselm and Sacred Heart will take the ice at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 28, the losers from Saturday's contests will play in the consolation game at 1:00 p.m. and the winners will meet in the championship game at 4:00 p.m.
- In three regular season match ups with St. Michael's, Holy Cross holds a 3-0-0 record over the Purple Knights. Holy Cross defeated St. Michael's on its home ice 2-0 on Nov. 21 and then swept a two-game home series, 3-1 and 3-0, on Feb. 6-7. Holy Cross is 24-0-0 all-time against St. Michael's.
- The Crusaders defeated St. Anselm for the first time in school
history on Jan. 30. The 4-2 victory snapped a St. Anselm 12-game
unbeaten streak against Holy Cross as the Crusaders fell to the
Hawks 5-3 on Jan. 22.
Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 5-3, on Nov. 18 in non conference action in Bridgeport, Conn. Senior Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario) scored the game winning goal to lead the Crusaders to victory. Holy Cross' victory over Sacred Heart was its third straight win as the Crusaders last lost to the Pioneers on Mar. 1, 2008 in the first round of the ECAC Open Tournament.
- Sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored her third hat trick of the season, sixth of her career in Holy Cross' 13-2 victory over Plymouth State on Feb. 19. Hochkins scored two goals in the second period and closed out the game with a goal in the third to pick up the hat trick.
- Hochkins' 41 points and 23 goals continue to lead the ECAC. Her six power play goals are tied for third in the league, her four short handed points rank second and her four game winning goals are tied for first. Hochkins is fourth in NCAA Division I scoring and second in goals per game.
- Holy Cross' 3-2 loss to Southern Maine on Feb. 28 knocked the Crusaders out of first place in the ECAC East and gave Manhattanville its sixth league title. The Valiants finished with a 16-2-1 league record and 33 points to take first place.
- Holy Cross' 13 goals against Plymouth State moved it into second place in scoring offense in the ECAC. The Crusaders are scoring 4.04 goals scored per game. Holy Cross ranks second on scoring defense, allowing just 1.62 goals per game.
- Fifteen Crusaders have found the back of the net this season for 97 goals. Last season, Holy Cross scored a school record 117 goals.
- Wilson continues to lead the ECAC in defenseman scoring with
seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points. Her 19 assists rank
fourth in the ECAC and her 12 power play points are tied for
second. For her career, Wilson has 33 goals and 48 assists for 81
Junior Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) scored her 16th goal of the season and 102nd career point against Plymouth State. Kratchmer ranks fourth on the Holy Cross career point list with 49 goals (fourth all-time) and 53 assists (fourth all-time).
- Rookie Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) is tied for fourth in ECAC freshman scoring. English has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points. Her 17 assists are tied for seventh in the league.
- Holy Cross goalies, junior Monique Gallant (Antigonish, Nova Scotia) and sophomore Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) have combined to allow just 38 goals this season, compared to opponent's 97. Gallant leads the ECAC with a 1.34 goals against average, while Dominick-Sobol's .818 win percentage (9-2-0) ranks second.
- Holy Cross picked up its 18 win of the season against Plymouth State, marking the second most wins in program history. Last year's Crusaders finished the season with a program best 24 wins. Head coach Peter Van Buskirk has recorded a 141-98-16 overall record on the bench for the Crusaders.