February 18, 2006

Women's Ice Hockey Falls, 3-1, To RIT In Regular Season Finale

Feb. 18, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team fell 3-1 on Saturday night, splitting the season series with Rochester Institute of Technology. Sophomore Sam Murphy (Canton, Mass.) scored the lone goal for the Crusaders (10-13-1, 10-9-0 ECAC) in the third period. For the Tigers (15-9-0, 15-4-0 ECAC), Stacy McConnell netted the game winner midway through the second period, her third goal in two days against Holy Cross.

RIT scored to start the game with 9:47 left in the first period. Maegan Geypens scored her 12th goal of the season of a feed from Isabelle Richard.

The Tigers would push the score to 2-0 midway through the second period when McConnell netted her seventh goal of the year unassisted. The game would remain scoreless through the rest of the second frame after the goal at the 10:35 mark.

Holy Cross would cut the RIT lead in half when Murphy put the puck past Tigers' goalie Nicki Werner just under three minutes into the final frame.

Fellow sophomore Katherine Falkowski (East Sandwich, Mass.) would pick up her 10th assist on the play, after scoring her eighth goal last night. Falkowski is the fourth Crusader women to register double digits in assists on the season.

RIT forward Jessica Ciarmella would add an insurance goal with 7:37 left in the game to increase the final scored to 3-1.

Junior Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) would make 28 saves for the second night in a row for Holy Cross. Her counterpart, Werner stopped 27 shots in the victory.

The Holy Cross women finish the regular season with an ECAC East record of 10-9-0. For the first time since the 2002-2003 season, the Crusaders have recorded a divisional record above .500. Holy Cross' final record that season was 15-5-0.

Both teams combined to go 0-6 on the man-advantage, with Holy Cross squandering four opportunities after scoring three power play goals in last night's win.

The Crusader women will take on Saint Anselm in Worcester, Mass. on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the semifinals of the ECAC Open tournament. The puck will drop at 4:00 p.m at the Hart Center.