BOSTON, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team returned to their winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 road victory against UMass Boston at the Clark Athletic Center. The Crusaders scored early in the first and second periods to set the tone and after the Beacons rallied to tie the score at 2-2 after two periods, the Crusaders took the lead for good with 5:28 remaining in the third. The Crusaders improve to 16-2-2 (12-2-0 ECAC) while UMass Boston falls to 7-11-2 (5-9-1 ECAC).
Senior forward Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) netted her 11th goal of the season just 1:23 into the first period off assists by sophomore Tory Bratton (West Deptford, N.J.) and freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.). The Crusaders outshot the Beacons 14-5 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
After Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) scored her 23rd goal of the season just 14 seconds into the second period, UMass Boston went on the offensive attack landing 14 shots on Holy Cross goalie Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) in the second frame. Freshman forward Emma Valli scored her first goal of the season at 15:14 for the Beacons to cut the Holy Cross lead to one and the Crusaders let up the game tying goal with 27 seconds remaining in the period to freshman Kayla Kiernan.
Junior forward Caroline English (Dorcester, Mass.) recorded her first game-winning and eighth overall goal of the season at the 14:32 mark of the third period off the 13th and ninth assists of the season for Hochkins and Garat, respectively. The Crusaders added two more empty net goals by junior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) and sophomore Kylee Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) with 1:01 and 13 seconds remaining to secure the 5-2 victory.
Neither team was able to take advantage of five penalties throughout the game with Holy Cross going 0-3 and UMass Boston going 0-2 on power plays. Manzanares stopped 28 of 30 shots for the Crusaders to move her record to 5-0-1 (4-0-0 ECAC) while Beacons' goaltender Leah Hallett stopped 32 of 37 shots and falls to 4-11-1 (3-9-0 ECAC).
The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team returns to action Friday, Feb. 10 when it makes the trip to Harrisville, R.I., to play Nichols. The puck is set to drop at 7:40 p.m.