MANCHESTER, N.H. – After failing to lose a game in the month of January, the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team opened the month of February with a 6-0 road loss to St. Anselm Friday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. Holy Cross suffered only their second defeat of the season and sit at 15-2-2 (11-2-0 ECAC) while the Hawks improved to 14-6-0 (9-5-0 ECAC).
St. Anselm came into the game looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Crusaders earlier this season on Nov. 12 at the Hart Center and wasted little time getting on the board as junior forward Rosemarie Giarrusso scored her seventh goal of the season at the 4:22 mark. Just 17 seconds after a cross-checking penalty at 8:30 on Holy Cross junior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.), the Hawks doubled the score to 2-0 on the only power play goal of the game off the stick of freshman Tiffany Herron. Saint Anselm kept the offensive pressure on and junior Ciara Petry scored her first goal of the season with just 28 seconds remaining in the first. The Hawks outshot the Crusaders 17-3 in the period and held a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.
Forward Courtney Winters netted her 14th goal of the season for Saint Anselm 29 seconds into period number two and Holy Cross head coach Peter Van Buskirk made the switch from starting goalie Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, N.Y.) to freshman Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.). Stevenson stopped all nine shots she faced in the second period and despite the Crusaders winning 13 of 18 face-offs, Holy Cross was unable to get on the scoreboard and trailed 4-0 going into the third period.
The final period saw more of the same for the Crusaders who struggled all afternoon to generate offense. St. Anselm added two more goals at the end of the period, including the second goal of the game for Giarrusso at 17:59 and the fifth goal of the season for sophomore Andi Foss at 19:43. Senior forward Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) had a team high three of 14 shots on goal for the Crusaders as they went 0-3 on power play opportunities and lost by a final score of 6-0.
Dominick-Sobol faced 18 shots and saved 14 in 20:29 of action as her record falls to 5-2-0 (3-2-0 ECAC) on the season. Stevenson finished facing 16 shots, making 14 saves. For the Hawks, senior goaltender Amy Zappen saved 14 of 14 shots to improve her record to 11-6-0 (7-5-0 ECAC) on the season.
The Crusaders look to rebound tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4, when they travel to UMass-Boston for a 1:00 p.m. game.