Women's Ice Hockey Defeats St. Michael's In First Round Of ECAC Open

Christina D'Ambrogio

WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Christina D'Ambrogio (Toronto, Ontario) scored two goals to lead the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over St. Michael's in the first round of ECAC Open action Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the victory, Holy Cross improves to 19-4-2, while St. Michael's falls to 3-20-1.

D'Ambrogio got the scoring started with two quick goals in the first period. D'Ambrogio scored two goals, 20 seconds apart to give Holy Cross a quick 2-0 lead. Senior Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) added a breakaway goal at the 7:04 mark and sophomore Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored at the 14:45 mark to end the period 4-0 in favor of the Crusaders.

St. Michael's Emily Elliot scored her first career goal at the 8:47 mark in the second period to put the Purple Knights on the board. Holy Cross' Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) responded at the 14:36 mark, netting her 17th goal of the season to give the Crusaders a 5-1 advantage.

The Purple Knights took advantage of the power play in the third period, scoring their second goal of the game at 12:41. Holy Cross was unable to find the back of the net, recording 10 shots, but no goals to end the game 5-2.

Sophomore goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned her 10th win of the season, while St. Michael's goalie Alysia Goldman suffered her 13th loss of the year. Dominick-Sobol allowed two St. Michael's goals and recorded 12 saves. Goldman allowed five goals and recorded 33 saves. Holy Cross outshot St. Michael's 38-14.

The Crusaders advance to the ECAC Open championship game tomorrow, Feb. 28, at 4:00 p.m. against the winner of St. Anselm and Sacred Heart.