WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) recorded two goals and one assist, while senior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) tallied one goal and two assists as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 8-2, at the Hart Center in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-0-0 overall, while the Pioneers fall to 0-6-0. Hochkins' three points adds to her school record of 149 for career.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Hochkins found the back of the net off a pass by Garat at 6:04 of the first period. Just 1:11 later, Sarah Delaney netted a power play goal for the Pioneers to tie the game at 1-1. The Crusaders outshot the Pioneers by a 16-3 margin in the period.
The Crusaders outscored the Pioneers 3-0 in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. Junior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) scored off a pass from freshman Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) at 3:14. The assist was Monahan's first collegiate point as she sent the pass from behind the goal to O'Quinn who then buried the puck in the back of the net. At 8:14, Garat gave the Crusaders a 3-1 lead with the eventual game-winner, while at 17:09 freshman Rachel Miller (Jackson, Mich.) scored on the power play for her first collegiate goal. Freshmen Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) and Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) each posted their first collegiate points with assists. The Pioneers outshot the Crusaders for the period, 11-9.
The third period saw five goals with the Crusaders scoring four of them. Hochkins netted her second goal of the game and her team-best fourth of the season when she scored off assists by Garat and junior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) at 3:45. After Natasha Klinoff scored a short-handed goal for the Pioneers, freshman Jessica Frascotti (Needham, Mass.) found the back of the net on the power play for her first collegiate goal. O'Quinn and Klimasewiski posted assists. At 10:06 English scored off a pass by Hochkins. Junior Alyssa Ruhland (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored the last goal of the contest at 19:35 for the 8-2 victory.
Freshman goalie Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) recorded a win in her collegiate debut as she made 26 saves. Alexius Schutt posted 21 saves for the Pioneers and Alexis Molotky tallied 10. The Crusaders went 2-4 on the power play and took 39 shots for the contest, while the Pioneers went 1-5 and recorded 28 shots.
The Crusaders return to action when they play UMass-Boston in Worcester on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m.