January 20, 2007

Women's Hockey Rallies to Beat Castleton, 5-2

Jan. 20, 2007

Box Score

Castelton, Vt. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team held Castleton State scoreless throughout the last two periods on Saturday afternoon to rally to a win 5-2 over the Spartans. The Crusaders win their fourth game in a row and improve their overall record to 11-3-1 and 8-3-0 in the ECAC East. The Spartans drop to 4-12-0 on the season and to 2-11-0 in the conference. Castleton's Adrianna Riggio put Holy Cross at a 1-0 deficit 7:10 into the first period of play. Junior Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) would answer back for the Crusaders 9:40 into the game on a power play goal with assists from freshmen Erica van DeGraff (Guelph, Ont. Canada) and Lisa Wilson (Toronto, Ont. Canada).

With 25 seconds remaining in the first period, Castleton's Katelyn Greene scored an unassisted goal to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead heading into the first break. The Crusaders would not allow another Castleton goal for the remainder of the contest.

Junior Sam Rush (Wakefield, Mass.) knotted the score at 2-2, 11:18 into the second stanza with an assist from van DeGraff. Junior Meghan Donovan (Reading, Mass.) scored the difference-maker with 3:42 remaining in the second period, giving Holy Cross a lead they would not relent.

Van DeGraff scored a power play goal 10:34 into the third period of play, off of an assist from junior Parny Ormiston (Duxbury, Mass.) Freshman Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) would put the game out of reach of the Spartans, scoring the final Crusader goal of the game off of an assist from senior goalie Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 1:25 remaining in the final period.

In addition to assisting on the fifth Crusader goal of the night, McCullion stopped 12 shots in 40:00 minutes in net for the Crusaders. She now has an 8-1-1 record on the season. Sophomore Jennifer Van Dongen (Calgary, Alb. Canada) made six stops in the first period for Holy Cross. Castleton's Vanessa Carter saved 29 shots in her fourth loss of the season.

The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team takes on conference rival New England College on Friday, January 26 at the Hart Center Rink. Face off is set for 7:00pm.