Feb. 13, 2007
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team fell to Sacred Heart by a score of 6-4 on Tuesday night at the Hart Center Rink. The Crusaders dropped to 14-8-1 on the season while the Pioneers improved their record to 6-19-1. With three lead changes throughout the game, the Crusaders were unable to hold onto their lead late in the third period.
The first period remained scoreless until 7:30 into the game when Sacred Heart's Jenn Brager scored on a power play to bring the Pioneers to a 1-0 lead. Junior Parny Ormiston (Duxbury, Mass.) answered back with a power play of her own at 16:02, with assists from sophomore Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) and senior Shara Conroy (Londonderry, N.H.), to tie the game at 1-1. With 1:05 left in the first period Pioneer Michelle Panella scored for Sacred Heart to reclaim the lead prior to heading into the locker rooms for the first break.
The Pioneer's carried their momentum from the first period through the break and got a quick goal 1:00 into the period by Brittany Rosselle, lengthening their lead to 3-1 over Holy Cross. The Crusaders battled back and scored three unanswered goals. The first of this run was 11:30 into the second period when freshman Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) scored on a power play and was assisted by Ormiston and junior Meghan Donovan (Reading, Mass.). Freshman Wendy Nobrega (Barrington, R.I.) contributed another goal at 14:01 with another assist from Conroy, tying the score at 3-3. With 2:32 left in the period, junior Sam Rush (Wakefield, Mass.) netted the last goal of the stanza with help from Couzin to give the Crusaders their first lead of the night.
Sacred Heart returned from the second break with three goals in the third period while the Crusaders were held scoreless in the last twenty minutes of play. Sandy Parlato scored on a power play 2:17 into the last stanza, bringing the score to a tie for the third time in the contest. Katelin McLaughlin netted a goal which give her team a 5-4 lead. With 9 seconds left in the game, Panella scored the final goal to bring the game to a score of 6-4 in favor of the Pioneers.
Sophomore goalie Jennifer Van Dongen (Calgary, Alb. Canada) was able to stop a total of 31 shots for the Crusaders. Stephanie Boulay of Sacred Heart made 35 saves to help her team to a victory.
The Holy Cross women's hockey returns to the ice Saturday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Hart Center to face RIT, who is currently ranked second in the ECAC East. The Crusaders are in fourth place in the conference.