WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman goalie Megan Colpitts (Riverview, New Brunswick) made her first career start and earned her first career victory as the Holy Cross Crusaders cruised past visiting Plymouth State in league play at the Hart Center, 5-0. With the win, Holy Cross improves to 13-1-2 (10-1-0 ECAC), while the Panthers fall to 1-12-3 (1-8-2 ECAC).
The Crusaders got out to an early lead thanks to senior caption Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) who netted two goals in the first 12 minutes and added a third at the 16:52 mark to record a hat trick in the first period. Junior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) recorded the lone assist on all three Hochkins goals. Also adding to the score sheet in the first period was freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) who scored her eighth goal of the season at the 12:15 mark. The Crusaders took at 4-0 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of action.
Holy Cross continued the offensive attack in the second period out-shooting the Panthers 17-7. Freshman Madison Schneider (Fort Myers, Fla.) gathered a loose puck in front of Plymouth State goaltender Ali Ponte and buried it in the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season at the 5:42 mark, giving the Crusaders a 5-0 lead. Colpitts made several outstanding saves in the period, fending off a two-on-one attack at the 11:50 mark and stopping a point blank open shot by Allison Collins at the 2:13 mark. The Panthers' best scoring chance came with just over three minutes remaining in the second period when a shot by senior Jaimie Camara rang the pipe and bounced off the crossbar.
The Crusaders kept the pressure on in the third period and managed 48 shots on goal for the game. Holy Cross went 1-7 on the power play and earned their 10th conference victory of the season. The Crusaders also dominated in the face-off circle, winning 53 of 69 draws. Colpitts finished with 20 saves and improved her record to 1-0-0 (1-0-0 ECAC) while Ponte made 43 saves and falls to 1-9-1 (1-7-1 ECAC).
The Crusaders return to action on Jan. 28 when they take on Southern Maine at 2:00 p.m. in the first ever women's hockey "Pink the Rink" game. The Crusaders will raise money for breast cancer awareness by donning special pink game jerseys that will be for sale at the end of the game.