WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) scored the lone Crusader goal as visiting Manhattanville defeated the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team by a score of 2-1 at the Hart Center on Friday evening. The Crusaders are now 3-2-1 on the season and 2-2-1 in the ECAC East. The Valiants move to 2-2-1 (2-0-1 ECAC East).
Manhattanville got on the board first when senior Alyssa Taylor netted her first goal of the season over the left shoulder of sophomore Crusader goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.). Holy Cross had a chance to tie the game with just over three minutes remaining in the period when senior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) snuck behind the defense as a Valiant power play expired, but Manhattanville junior goaltender Mary Evans kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard going into the first intermission.
The second period began with a Manhattanville senior Mary Rose Morrison netting her second goal of the season just 1:33 in to increase the Valiant advantage to 2-0. Holy Cross responded just over a minute later when Campione corralled a rebound in front and buried the puck into an open net for her first tally of the season. Sophomores Nicole Giannino (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) were credited with the assists. Panarelli now leads the team with five assists on the season.
Holy Cross fought off four Manhattanville power plays in the third period but was not able to take advantage of two power play opportunities of its own. Evans made five saves in the period as the Valiants skated away with a 2-1 victory. Manzanares stopped 14 shots in the contest to move to 3-1-0 on the season while Evans made 18 saves and now stands at 2-2-1. The Crusaders were 0-4 on power play opportunities while Manhattanville went 0-6. Holy Cross outshot the Valiants, 19-16.
The Crusaders will return to action tomorrow night, Nov. 17, at home versus Nichols at 7:30 p.m.