RYE, N.Y. – The Holy Cross women's hockey team continued their winning ways as the Crusaders used a three goal second period to beat Manhattanville 6-2 Friday evening. With the win, Holy Cross remains undefeated with a record of 5-0-0 (4-0-0 ECAC East) while the Valiants of Manhattanville slide to 1-4-0 (1-2-0 ECAC East).
Manhattanville opened the scoring at 16:56 into the opening stanza when Kelly Keane scored off an assist from Mallory Watts to give the Valiants the early 1-0 lead.
However, the lead didn't last long when less than two minutes later freshman forward Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) lifted one over the Manhattanville goalie Emy Cote to even the score at one heading into the first intermission.
With the momentum of the late first period goal, Holy Cross came out looking to continue their offensive attack. At 3:41 into the second period, Manhattanville was called for a tripping penalty that the Crusaders later capitalized on when senior forward Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) found the back of the net for her third goal of the year. The power play goal gave Holy Cross the 2-1 lead of which the Crusaders would never relinquish for the rest of the evening.
Holy Cross continued to pile on the goals scoring twice more in the second frame with tallies by freshman forward Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) and junior forward Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) and took a 4-1 lead into the final period.
In the third period the Crusaders continued to keep the pressure on the Valiants' defense when freshman defender Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) extended the lead to 5-1 at the 4:02 mark. Panarelli finished the game with a goal and a pair of assists on the night. Ten seconds later the Crusaders quickly won the faceoff and scored almost instantaneously to balloon their lead up to 6-1 off a goal from freshman forward Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.).
Manhattanville added a goal late, but it was not enough to overcome the large deficit and Holy Cross closed out the 6-2 victory at the final horn.
Freshman goalie Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) moved to 2-0 on the season. Stevenson made 28 saves and yielded just two goals in the winning effort.
Holy Cross (5-0, 4-0 ECAC East) will skate again tomorrow when they return home to take on Nichols for a 3:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.