WORCESTER, Mass.- In its third consecutive home game the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team came away with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the Wesleyan Cardinals. Three Crusaders recorded their first goals of the season. With the win the Crusaders improve their record to 6-2-0 while the Cardinals drop to 0-5-0.
Although outshot by the Cardinals10-9, the Crusaders concluded the first period ahead, 2-0. The first goal, off assists by sophomore Alyssa Ruhland (Minneapolis, Minn.) and freshman Tory Bratton (West Deptford, N.J.), was scored by sophomore Meghan Reynolds (Marion, Mass.). Reynolds' first goal of the season, 6:35 into the period, gave the Crusaders the early lead. Rookie Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) took advantage of a power play to put Holy Cross' second goal in the back of the net 13:06 into the first period, resulting in the first goal of her collegiate career.
With 10:15 remaining in the second period, junior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) hit the back of the net quickly after stepping onto the ice. Five minutes later, Ruhland, off a pass from freshman Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.), scored the fourth goal for the Crusaders, her first of the season. The Cardinals' Jill Reynolds put their first goal of the game on the board with just 12 seconds remaining in the second period.
After a scoreless third period the Crusaders beat the Cardinals 4-1. The Crusaders strongly outshot the Cardinals 34-16 in the victory, while also scoring off a power play in the second goal of the game. Junior Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) allowed only one goal while stopping 15 shots. Wesleyan goaltenders Nicole Bonneau and Ashleigh Corvi combined to allow four goals while recording 30 saves.
Holy Cross returns to the ice for its sixth ECAC game of the season, traveling to Plymouth State on Friday, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 p.m.