WORCESTER, Mass. – With 6:47 left in the third period, senior Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winner as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated New England College, 2-1, at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 11-4-2 (5-3-2 ECAC East) and are 4-0-1 over their last five contests, while the Pilgrims fall to 5-5-5 (2-4-3 ECAC East).
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when senior Meghan Reynolds (Marion, Mass.) netted her first goal of the season when she lifted the puck to the upper left corner of the net at 2:48 of the first period. New England College outshot Holy Cross, 7-3.
The Pilgrims tied the game at 1-1 when Madyson Moore tipped in a shot from Kate Kellar at 16:31 of the second period for the power play goal. New England College outshot Holy Cross by a 10-5 margin.
Early in the third period, the Crusaders went on a five-on-three power play for 45 seconds but were unable to find the back of the net. But at 13:13, Campione blasted a slap shot from the blue line to the lower right side of the net for her fifth goal of the season to give Holy Cross a 2-1 lead. With 1:12 remaining in the period, the Pilgrims went on a power play and pulled their goalie for the two-player advantage, but a penalty on NEC with 37 seconds left ended its power play opportunity. The Pilgrims went with the empty net again with 17 seconds left but were unable to score the equalizer for the 2-1 final.
Sophomore goalie Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) made 29 saves to improve to 7-2-0 on the season, while Lauren Hopps posted 10 saves for the Pilgrims. New England College outshot Holy Cross, 30-12, while the Crusaders went 0-5 on the power play and the Pilgrims went 1-7.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Plymouth, N.H., to play ECAC East opponent Plymouth State on Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 p.m.