Third Period Surge On Senior Day Lifts Holy Cross over Manhattanville, 3-2

Kylee Sullivan

WORCESTER, Mass. – The women's ice hockey defeated Manhattanville on a late surge in the third period by a score of 3-2 today from the Hart Center on senior day. The Crusaders improve to 17-7-1 on the year and 11-4-1 in ECAC East play. The Valiants fall to 8-13-4 on the season and stand at 6-7-3 in conference play.

The first period saw a big defensive stand as neither team allowed a goal. Holy Cross led the way with 10 shots while Manhattanville took three on net. The offensive attack for the both teams came alive in the second period as Manhattanville junior Alla Traun got the first goal of the game. She found a loose puck in front of the goal 18:15 into the second stanza to give the Valiants the score. Sydney Asselstin got the credit for the assist. Through two periods, Manhattanville was up by one goal, 1-0.

In the third period, with 12:32 showing on the clock, freshman Izzy Bagi  (Branford, Conn.) got Holy Cross on the board as she scored her fourth career goal to tie the game, 1-1, on a power play. The assist came from sophomore Taylor McGee (Pearl River, N.Y.), her ninth of the season.  Three minutes later, the Valiants came back with a goal of their own to take the 2-1 lead as Michele Meggiolaro posted the goal. Traun and Asselestine paved the way for the assists. Holy Cross came roaring back with two straight goals. With exactly six minutes remaining in the game, senior Kylee Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) scored the tying goal on a power play.  Bagi and junior Rachel Miller (Jackson, Mich.) got credit for the assists. Sophomore Kati Goguen (Acton, Mass.) then tallied the game-winning goal just 46 seconds later to give Holy Cross the lead with just over five minutes left to play. Freshman Livvy Konaxis (Beverly, Mass.) and Bagi posted the assist.  It was Konaxis third assist on the season. Holy Cross came away with a 3-2 victory.

Bagi capped off the day with a total of two points, one goal and one assist. McGee also had a stellar performance, adding two assists in the game. Sullivan's goal was the 13th of her career.

Junior Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) earned the win between the pipes. She made a total of 14 saves and now stands at 8-4-0. Valiants freshman net minder Dana DeMartino suffered the loss as she stopped 29 shots, with 21 coming in the first and second period of play.  DeMartino holds a mark of 4-4-1 on the year.

Senior Kylee Sullivan was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the end of the of game, a great way to go out on senior day.

Prior to the game, head coach Peter Van Buskirk and assistant coach Jacob Anderson recognized Kylee Sullivan and fellow seniors Devon Ball (Burlington, Ontario), Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) as well as senior team manager Tory Bratton in a brief ceremony for their hard work and dedication to the program over the past four years.

With the win today, the women's ice hockey concludes the 2013-2014 regular season.

Holy Cross will  host the ECAC Open Tournament this year on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23.  Four teams will participate in the tournament including Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, St. Anselm and St. Michael's.  Game times are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. both days at the Hart Center.