Women's Ice Hockey Opens Season With 6-2 Win Over Potsdam State

Rebecca O'Quinn

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) scored one goal and added three assists for four points as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team opened the 2012-2013 season with a 6-2 win over Potsdam State on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are now 1-0-0 while the Bears fall to 0-2-0.

Holy Cross got on the board just 3:57 into the first period as senior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) beat Potsdam State goaltender Jen Conophy off assists from sophomore Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and English. Sophomore Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) increased the Holy Cross lead with 3:20 remaining in the period as English recorded her second assist and Meaghan Sullivan (Brockton, Mass.) also added a helper. The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

Sophomore Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) began the second period with a goal just 32 seconds in off an assist by sophomore Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.). English added the first power play goal of the season for the Crusaders just 21 seconds later, assisted by Fleming and O'Quinn. Holy Cross increased its lead to 5-0 with 8:47 remaining as Giannino added her second goal of the game on a break away opportunity. Junior Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) passed the puck to Giannino just across the blue line for the score.

The third period began with the sixth and final goal of the game for Holy Cross, as O'Quinn netted her second of the game with help from English and Panarelli. Potsdam State was finally able to get on the board with 11:35 remaining in the game. Rachel Grefke beat sophomore Crusader goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) with assists from Sarah Nelson and Kakia Ashley. Izzy Fayerman scored the final goal of the game for the Bears just over three minutes later with help from Sally Mooney and Emilee Hazelden but it was not enough as the Crusaders came away with the 6-2 victory.

Manzanares made nine saves in a game that saw 16 penalties called. She moves to 1-0-0 on the season while Conophy made 16 stops and is now 0-1-0. The Crusaders outshot the Bears 22-11.

The Crusaders will return to action on Friday, Nov. 2, hosting Salve Regina at the Hart Center for a 7:00 p.m. game.