WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) scored a hat trick, while sophomore Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) added the game-winning goal as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Connecticut College, 4-2, Tuesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross earned its fifth consecutive win, improving to 9-2-0 overall, while the Camels suffered their second consecutive loss, falling to 3-4-0.
Connecticut College opened the game with a goal at the 4:44 mark in the first period, but the Crusaders responded less than a minute later when Garat netted her first goal of the evening. The score remained knotted at 1-1 for the remainder of the first period, with the Crusaders narrowly outshooting the Camels 12-11.
A pass from freshman Devon Ball (Burlington, Ontario), second assisted by senior Emily Henry (Lumsden, Saskatchewan), led to Garat's second goal of the game just over four minutes into the second period. Holy Cross took a two goal advantage when English scored the eventual game-winner at the 5:08 mark. Holy Cross sophomore Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) won the faceoff and directed the puck to English for the goal. The Camels fought back with a goal just after the nine minute mark when Olivia Farrell beat Holy Cross goaltender Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) with a shot from the slot. Connecticut College couldn't get any closer and the Crusaders went into the second intermission with a slim 3-2 lead.
Garat's third goal of the evening at the 10:48 mark in the third period confirmed the win for the Crusaders. Connecticut College pulled its goalie for the final two minutes, but neither team was able to score, ending the game in favor of the Crusaders, 4-2
Dominick-Sobol earned her fourth win of the season, allowing two goals and recording 30 saves. Connecticut College goalie Amy Leichliter suffered her fourth loss, allowing four goals and making 20 saves. Connecticut College outshot the Crusaders 32-24.
Holy Cross will take a break from action for the winter holidays. The Crusaders return to the ice on Jan. 7, when they travel to Colby for non-conference action starting at 7:00 p.m.