Crusaders Advance To Championship Game

Feb. 26, 2005

Manchester, N.H. - Sarah Wetherbee (Canton, Mass.) scored a hat trick to lead Holy Cross (12-13-1) past Sacred Heart (9-15-1) in the semi-final game of the ECAC Women's Open tournament at Sullivan Arena on Saturday afternoon. Supporting the Crusaders campaign was freshmen Casey Harvel (Lexington, Mass.) and Samantha Rush (Wakefield, Mass.), who posted two assists each.

Sacred Heart got on the board first with a goal by Sarah Turbert (Norwalk, Conn.) at the 14:53 mark in the first period. Michelle Panella (Marlboro, N.J.) and Jessica Felt (Killingworth, Conn.) set Turbert up for her seventh goal of the season.

In the second period, Holy Cross controlled the action with a 12-3 shots on goal advantage. Wetherbee tied the game 3:30 into the period and then scored her second of the game on a power play at the 15:32 mark to put the Crusaders in front, 2-1. Molly Corkery (Salisbury, Conn.) gave Holy Cross some breathing room early in the third period when she fired a shot past Stephanie Boulay (Anchorage, Alaska) to make the score 3-1.

The Pioneers cut the lead back down to one with under five minutes to play on a goal by Panella, but that was as close as they would get as Wetherbee added an empty net goal for her third of the game to give the Crusaders a 4-2 win.

Holy Cross advances to the championship game where they will face Saint Anselm tomorrow at 4 p.m. Sacred Heart will play Saint Michael's in the consolation game at 1 p.m.