Nov. 5, 2006
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team dropped their first game of the season Sunday afternoon, in Worcester, Mass. to #4 ranked Manhattanville by a score of 4-2. The Crusaders got on the board first, getting a power play goal from sophomore Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) 7:72 in to the contest. The Valiants' Danielle Mazurek would strike back at 11:37, tying the contest at 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Manhattanville's Amanda Nonis would put the puck in the net, giving her team the lead that they would never give up. Holy Cross drops to 1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC while #4 Manhattanville moves up to 2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC.
In the second period, it took Manhattanville 9:04 to get on the board again with an unassisted goal by Alex Blackwell. Holy Cross would answer back 1:55 later with a goal by junior Megan Donovan (Reading, Mass.) with an assist from freshman Erica van DeGraff (Guelph, Ont. Canada), bringing the game to a 3-2 score going into the third period. That would be the last of the Holy Cross offense on the day, as they were held scoreless in the third stanza. Jamie Longo gave the Valiant's their last goal with 9:32 left on the clock.
The game had its share of penalties. Manhattanville served a total of 25 minutes in the box, including a five minute major penalty served by Erin Brawley for high sticking to the head. Holy Cross served a total of 18 penalty minutes, eight of them coming in the third period. At one point, there were three Crusaders in the penalty box.
Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) made a total of 26 saves in the game, including 11 in the penalty rich third period. Manhattanville's Karine Turmel stopped 17 shots in the Valiant victory.
The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team looks to take on MIT Friday, November 10 in Worcester, Mass. The Engineers will enter the Hart Center 0-1-0, 0-1-0 ECAC after suffering an 11-0 loss to Manhattanville on Saturday, November 4. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 p.m.