BOSTON, Mass. – With a total of three goals, two of which came on empty-netters Division I opponent Holy Cross (16-2-2, 12-2-0 ECAC East) defeated women's hockey (7-11-2, 5-9-1 ECAC East) by the final score of 5-2 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena.
Setting up what would be the deciding third period was a back-and-forth affair for the first 54 minutes of play. After an early goal in the first and second periods put Holy Cross in the driver's seat the host Beacons clawed their way back to tie the game at 2-2 before the second intermission.
Ending the Crusaders shutout bid was Emma Valli (Eastham, Mass.) on her first goal of the season at the 15:14 mark of the second frame. Kayla Kiernan (North Smithfield, R.I.) then tied the score at 2-2 with only 27 seconds left on the clock on an Alyssa Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and Emily LaRosa (Weymouth, Mass.) assist.
Tied after two both teams came out firing in the third; with Holy Cross earning a slight 14-11 edge over UMass Boston. It was not until the 14:32 mark of the third period that the Crusaders were able to break the stalemate with Caroline English netting the game-winner.
With time winding down the Beacons emptied their net in hopes that the extra attacker would help to once again tie the score. Unfortunately the Crusaders defense would come up with the puck and on a long shot score their fourth goal of the day with just 1:01 remaining in regulation.
The same thing would happen with only 13 seconds left in the contest giving the Crusaders the 5-2 ECAC East conference win.
In goal senior Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, Conn.) totaled 32 saves against her Division I opponent. Krista Manzanares totaled 28 stops to earn her fifth win of the year. Both teams were scoreless on their power-play opportunities with Holy Cross finishing 0-for-3 and UMass Boston 0-for-2.
Women's hockey will next host Connecticut College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.