MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team continued their unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory at Wesleyan Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders established an early first period lead and never looked back to move to 8-0-1 overall (5-0-0 ECAC East). Wesleyan falls to 1-2 on the season with the loss.
Rebounding from last night's slow start against Bowdoin, Holy Cross came out on the attack early, holding a 12-4 edge in shots in the first period. Freshman Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) put the Crusaders on the board at the 8:02 mark when she sent a high shot from the slot that eluded the glove of Wesleyan junior netminder Ashleigh Corvi for her third goal of the season. Sophomores Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) received assists on the tally.
Holy Cross extended the lead to 2-0 with a late second-period power-play goal by freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Colchester, Conn.). Klimasewiski fired a slap shot from the left circle that sailed over Corvi's left shoulder and into the net at 17:21, with assists going to Fleming and freshman Jessica Frascotti (Needham, Mass.). The goal was Klimasewiski's fourth of the year and her third of the week.
Wesleyan cut into the Crusader lead with an unassisted goal by freshman Jordan Schildhaus five minutes into the third period to narrow the score to 2-1. Holy Cross denied the Cardinals of any equalizing efforts during the final 15 minutes of regulation to hold on for the win.
Freshman goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) made 19 saves for the Crusaders and moves to 3-0-0 in net on the season. Wesleyan's one goal was just the second allowed by Manzanares in three games this season, as she has surrendered only two goals on 52 shots so far this year.
Holy Cross finished the busy holiday week of non-conference action with a 2-0-1 record. The Crusaders will return to home ice for an ECAC East matchup against St. Michael's on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.