December 5, 2006

Women's Hockey Defeats Wesleyan, 6-2

Dec. 5, 2006

Middletown, Conn. - The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team stopped a two game losing streak Tuesday night, defeating Wesleyan in Middletown, Conn. 6-2. Sophomore Stephanie Couzin (Chicago, Ill.) put in two goals for the Crusaders and helping her team earn the victory over the Cardinals. The win brings Holy Cross to a 6-3-0 overall record and 5-3-0 in the ECAC East, while Wesleyan drops to 1-5-1 on the season.

Freshman Erica van DeGraff (Guelph, Ont. Canada) got the Crusaders on the board 3:58 into the contest, but the Cardinals were quick to retaliate, scoring 1:03 later to bring the score to 1-1. It wasn't until the second period when Holy Cross earned the lead it would never relent. Sophomore Amy McGhee (Newtown, Pa.) would put the puck in the back of the net 8:16 into the second stanza to give Holy Cross the 2-1 edge. Junior Sam Rush (Wakefield, Mass.) would add to the lead 18 seconds later with an assist from senior Shara Conroy (Londonderry, N.H.).

Couzin would score back to back goals within one minute of each other to add to the Holy Cross lead. At 4:01 into the third period, Couzin would get her first goal with assists from Rush and junior Parny Ormiston (Duxbury, Mass.). At 4:35 into the third stanza, Couzin would get her second of the game, also off of an assist from Rush. Freshman Julia Matthews (Canton, Mass.) would give the Crusader their sixth and final goal of the game with 6:32 left.

Senior netminder Casey McCullion (Philadelphia, Pa.) stopped 15 shots on her way to her fourth victory of the season, bringing her record to 4-1-0 on the season. Rachel Stemerman and Hilary Schreiber split time for the Cardinals. Together they averted 27 Crusader shots.

The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team continues their current string of away games on January 5, 2007 in Portland, Maine taking on conference foe Southern Maine. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 pm.