MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – The Holy Cross women's ice hockey teams returned to action on Saturday night in the second half of a home-and-home series against Salve Regina, earning a 1-0 victory in Middletown, R.I. Senior captain Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) scored the only goal the Crusaders would need in the first period as Holy Cross improved to 2-1-0 (1-1-0 ECAC East). The Seahawks were handed their first loss of the season and are now 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the ECAC East.
After suffering a 3-1 loss at the hands of Salve Regina at the Hart Center last night, the Crusaders came out on the attack, outshooting the Seahawks 21-7 in the first period. The Seahawks went short-handed halfway through the frame and English netted her second goal of the season with 10:41 left on the clock off assists from sophomore Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and senior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.). The second and third periods went scoreless despite each team having three power play opportunities. Holy Cross earned its first ECAC East victory of the season.
Holy Cross goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) made 26 saves in her first shutout of the season. Seahawks goaltender Ali Muehlbronner suffered her first loss of the season despite making 35 saves. She is now 3-1-0 on the season.
The Crusaders will travel to two ECAC East opponents next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, at UMass Boston and St. Anslem. The UMass Boston game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the defending ECAC Open champions will skate against the Crusaders in Manchester, N.H. at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.