Women's Hockey Faces Saint Anselm in Home-and-Home Series
WOMEN’S HOCKEY SET FOR HOME-AND-HOME WITH SAINT ANSELM
• The Holy Cross women’s hockey team is set for a home-and-home series with the Saint Anselm Hawks. The Crusaders will host the Hawks on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:05 p.m. for Senior Night. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Holy Cross will travel to Manchester for the last regular season game.
HOLY CROSS HEADLINES
• The Crusaders are 15-6-3 on the season after two wins against Franklin Pierce on Feb. 9 and 10.
• Holy Cross is in second place in the NEWHA with 30 points.
• Six different Crusaders scored over the weekend.
• Marcia LaPlante received the NEWHA’s Defensive Player of the Week award for play Feb. 4-Feb10. She recorded 31 saves and improves to 5-0-0 on the season.
• Kara Violette was selected as the NEWHA’s Player of the Week award after recording three goals and two assists in two games against Franklin Pierce.
• The Crusaders have posted an 89.3% succes rate on the penalty kill (67-75), which ranks second in the NEWHA.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Emily Lissner and Violette both have 14 goals on the season to lead the Crusaders.
• Violette leads the team in points with 35 on 14 goals and 21 assists.
• Violette is ranked third in the NEWHA in assists with 21.
• The senior forward ranks fourth in Holy Cross all-time career points with 128. She also is ranked third in the NEWHA in power play goals with five.
• The Crusaders are ranked first in the NEWHA with an average 4.42 goals per game.
• Holy Cross has a conversion rate of 29.4% on the powerplay (20/68), which leads the NEWHA and the nation.
CRUSADERS IN GOAL
• Julia Pelletier has recorded three shutouts on the season and ranks fourth in the nation with a 1.47 goals against average.
• Pelletier is ranked third in the NEWHA with a .928 save percentage.
• Marcia LaPlante improves to 3-0-0 on the sesason after two wins against Post.
• Tessie Salatas has recorded six career shutouts, which ranks second in the league. Salatas posted a shutout against Harvard on Nov. 18.
• Violette leads the team in points (14-21-35), which ranks third overall in the NEWHA. She recorded three goals and two assists against Franklin Pierce on Feb. 9 and 10.
• She is second in the NEWHA in career points with 128.
• The senior forward is ranked third in the league in assists with 21, which also leads the team.
• She has recorded at least one point in 18 of the Crusaders’ last 20 games.
• Katie MacCuaig is second on the team in goals with 13.
• Grace Peluso has recorded three goals in the last four games.
• Antonia Matzka is ranked fourth in the NEWHA for defenseman scoring with 16 points on three goals and 13 asssits.
• Since Nov. 17, the Violette, Matthias and Reilly line has contributed on 39 of 71 goals.
• Seven out of the last eight goals scored by Matthias have been assisted by Violette or Reilly.
• Emily Lissner led the Crusaders in goals during the month of January with nine.
• Violette recorded 14 points on six goals and eight assists through seven games.
RECAPPING FRANKLIN PIERCE
• On Friday, Feb. 9, the Crusaders defeated the Ravens, 5-1.
• Violette and Reilly led the team with three points each.
• On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Holy Cross downed Franklin Pierce 6-0.
• Katie MacCuaig added two goals for the Crusaders.
SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM
• The Hawks stand at 19-2-4 on the season and 14-1-3 in the NEWHA.
• Kaley Campbell leads the Hawks with 30 points on 11 goals and 19 assists.
• Between the pipes, Maddie Scavotto has a 10-2-3 record on the season with a .942 save percentage and .99 goals against average.
• Scavotto is ranked second in the NCAA with a .942 save percentage.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE HAWKS
• Holy Cross defeated Saint Anselm, 1-0, on Jan. 13 to give the Hawks their first and only conference loss.
• Violette had the game-winner from Sam Girard and Julie Matthias.
PREPARATION FOR HOCKEY EAST
• To start the 2017-2018 season, Holy Cross played two home games against the RIT Tigers, coming away with a tie on Oct. 6 (2-2, OT) and a loss on Oct. 7 (3-2).
• Katie MacCuaig scored her first career goal against the Tigers in the tie.
• The Crusaders then traveled to Hanover, N.H. on Oct. 13 to play an exhibition game against the Dartmouth Big Green. Holy Cross lost in their second overtime game of the season, 3-2.
• Danielle Doherty and Reilly each netted one goal against the Big Green.
• Holy Cross played the University of New Hampshire Oct. 14 and lost 9-1.
DIVISION I PLAY THROUGH NOVEMBER
• On Nov. 17, Holy Cross and Harvard met in Cambridge for the first game of a home-and-home series. The Crimson took the first game, 8-3.
• Julia Pellieter recorded a career-high 49 saves against Harvard in the loss.
• On Nov. 18, Holy Cross hosted Harvard and shutout the Crimson, 2-0, for their first Division I victory in program history.
• Tessie Salatas recorded 32 saves in the win against Harvard and recorded her sixth career shutout.
• “In my long career of coaching hockey, this is one of the biggest wins for me and this program,” said heach coach Peter Van Buskirk on the win against Harvard.
• The Crusaders went back to Hanover, N.H. for their final Division I game this season against Dartmouth.
• Holy Cross lost, 4-3, as Julie Matthias scored two goals for her second multi-goal game this season. Violette assisted on both goals.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CRUSADER STAFF
• The team welcomes new associate head coach Katie Lachapelle. She came to Holy Cross after nine seasons working as an assistant coach at Boston University from 2008-2017.
• Michaela Tosone also joins the staff as the new director of operations. Tosone graduated from UMass Amherst where she was a member of the women’s hockey team.