November 15, 2005

Women's Ice Hockey Defeated By Sacred Heart, 4-2

Nov. 15, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - A late surge by Sacred Heart (2-6-2) was enough to lift them over Holy Cross (2-3-0, 2-2-0 ECAC), 4-2. The Pioneers put four late scores on the board, led by Gina Arnone, to overcome a 2-0 lead that the Crusaders had held into the third period.

Sacred Heart scored two goals in 43 seconds to tie and then take the lead just under 12 minutes in the final frame. Gina Arnone netted the first of her two goals on the night with 8:46 left in the game off a feed from Katelin McLaughlin. Under a minute later, teammate Devon Gaslin knocked home what proved to be the game winner from just inside the blue line. Whitney Dzaima assisted on the play. Arnone would later flip a shot into the empty net from mid-ice to finish the Pioneer scoring at 4-2.

The Crusaders, though being outshot 42-27, held onto a 2-0 lead over two minutes into the third period. After a scoreless first period, sophomore Casey Harvell (Lexington, Mass.) put Holy Cross on the board first on a breakaway off a long pass from Sam Murphy (Canton, Mass.). Harvell skated in and lifted a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net to put her team up 1-0. Just over a minute and a half later, senior Kolt Bloxson (Fitchburg, Mass.) tallied the 98th point of her career on a shot from just above the right face-off circle. The goal was assisted by fellow senior Kate Remsberg (Arlington, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Rush (Wakefield, Mass.).

The Pioneer's first score was by Michelle Panella 2:36 into the third period. The goal was her team-leading seventh on the season.

Sacred Heart put 33 shots on net in the final two frames and it proved too much as they prevailed late. Freshman Jennifer Van Dongen (Calgary, Alberta) stopped many point blank shots on her way to 38 saves. Her counterpart, Stephanie Boulay, got her second win of the year, stopping 25 shots.

The Crusader women will begin a series of four road games on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Cambridge, Mass. when they take on MIT at 3:00 p.m. in a conference game.