Nov. 9, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) scored three goals as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Manhattanville, 5-3, in ECAC East action on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. With the win Holy Cross improves to 2-0 (2-0 ECAC) and Manhattanville falls to 1-1 (1-1 ECAC).
The Crusaders set the tone when junior Wendy Nobrega (Barrington, R.I) scored the first goal of the game at the 11:10 mark. Nobrega tipped in a pass from sophomore Colleen Krmpotich (Minneapolis, Minn.), with junior Kathryn O'Connor (Brookfield, Conn.) also getting an assist as Holy Cross took a 1-0 advantage. Manhattanville answered back at the 12:26 mark when Alex Blackwell scored a goal off assists by Holly Nonis and Alex Findlay.
The battle continued into the second period when Holy Cross took advantage of the powerplay. Sophomore Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan) put the puck in net off a pass from freshman Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.), regaining the Holy Cross lead.
In the third period, Manhattanville came out of the locker room ready to fight and scored at 2:24 to tie the game, 2-2. Blackwell scored her second goal of the game on the man-advantage. Holy Cross answered back when Couzin scored her first goal of the afternoon at the 12:20 mark, assisted by freshman Kylee McIntosh (Stratford, Ontario). Couzin then scored again off assists by Hochkins and Kratchmer, giving the Crusaders a 4-2 lead. Manhattanville did not let up and scored to bring the Valiants within one, but it was not enough. Couzin scored her third goal of the game on an empty net to give the Crusaders the 5-3 victory.
Holy Cross goalkeeper sophomore Lindsay Atkinson (Westbank, British Columbia) made her first start of the season in net for the Crusaders and allowed three goals with 16 saves. Manhattanville goalkeeper Karine Turmel allowed four goals with 19 saves. Holy Cross went 2-5 on the man-advantage, while Manhattanville went 1-9.
Holy Cross continues ECAC East action at the Hart Center on Saturday, Nov. 15, with a 1:00 p.m. game against Salve Regina.