WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's hockey team defeated Nichols on Saturday afternoon by a score of 5-1 at the Hart Center. Freshman forward Madison Schneider (Fort Myers, Fla.) led Holy Cross with two goals on the day, the first two goals of her collegiate career. With the victory, the Crusaders advance to 6-0-0 (5-0-0 ECAC East) on the season while Nichols falls to 1-3-1 (0-3-1 ECAC East).
Holy Cross struck early when sophomore Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) centered a pass from the right boards to the stick of senior forward Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) who drove a one-timer over the shoulder of the Nichols' goalie to give the Crusaders the early 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, Schneider extended the lead to 2-0 with her first goal of the day which came unassisted. Mandy Manopla of Nichols narrowed the score to 2-1 with a power play goal in the last moments of the first period.
The Crusaders dominated the second period of action, outshooting the Bison 12-0 in shots on goal. Gallagher recorded her second assist when she fed a pass to senior forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) who proceeded to breakaway onto the Nichols' goal and beat the goalie with a slick move to her backhand side. Hochkins' score was her team-leading ninth goal of the year and extended the Holy Cross lead to 3-1 at 1:27 of the period.
Holy Cross added two more goals in the third period to make the final score 5-1 in favor of the Crusaders. The first goal of the period came at 6:45 off a rebound by freshman Rachel Miller (Jackson, Mich.), assisted by freshman Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and freshman Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.). Less than a minute later, Schneider drove home her second unassisted goal of the afternoon to cap off the day.
Freshman goalie Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) moved to 2-0-0 in the net on the season. Manzanares was the benefactor of a strong defensive effort by the Crusaders and made 10 saves while yielding just a single goal.
Holy Cross will return to the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they travel to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart for a 4:00 p.m. game.