MANCHESTER, N.H. – The top-seeded Holy Cross women's ice hockey team was defeated by second-seeded St. Anselm on Sunday in the championship game of the ECAC Open Tournament, 7-3. The Crusaders took an early lead but were unable to hold on as St. Anselm ended the game with six unanswered goals. Holy Cross ends the season with a record of 19-4-3 (14-3-1 ECAC East) while St. Anselm finishes at 20-6-1 (12-5-1 ECAC East).
Senior captain Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) got the Crusaders on the board first with her single-season school record 28th goal of the season 2:12 into the first period. At 5:50, Holy Cross doubled the lead on the sixth goal of the season for junior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) to make the score 2-0. Following a Crusader penalty with one minute remaining the period, St. Anselm was able to cut the lead in half on a goal by Aly Zappen with 49 seconds remaining as Holy Cross took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Holy Cross opened the second period with a power play goal just 1:29 into the period by senior Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.), tallying her 14th goal of the season. St. Anselm responded at the 9:22 mark on a power play goal by Molly Corl and then Courtney Winters tied the score 3-3 with 5:46 remaining in the period. The score remained tied going into the third period.
St. Anselm took control in the final period of action netting four goals to take home the championship. The game winning goal was scored by Rosemarie Giarrusso who recorded her 15th goal of the season at the 3:08 mark. The Hawks then added to the lead while shorthanded with 10:39 remaining on the second goal of the game for Aly Zappen. After Holy Cross pulled goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) with less than a minute remaining, St. Anselm buried an empty net goal with 22 seconds left. With five penalties in the final minute, the Hawks were able to add a final power play goal with four seconds remaining to bring the final score to 7-3.
Holy Cross was unable to take advantage of nine St. Anselm penalties going 1-7 on the power play while St. Anselm went 3-5. St. Anselm goaltender Amy Zappen made 17 saves to move her record to 17-6-1 (10-5-1 ECAC East) while Stevenson made 22 saves and ends the season with a record of 6-2-1 (5-1-0 ECAC East).
The 2011-2012 women's ice hockey season has come to an end.