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Women's Ice Hockey Defeats Wesleyan, 3-1

Holy Cross Athletics   11-27-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 3, Wesleyan 1
Records: Holy Cross (8-1-0, 5-0-0 NEHC); Wesleyan (2-2-0, 0-0-0 NESCAC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex)
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 4:05 p.m.
The Lead:  Sophomore forward Julie Matthias led the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team with three points, including the game-winning goal, as the Crusaders defeated Wesleyan, 3-1, at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex on Sunday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead, notching a goal 51 seconds into the first period. Jessica Brennan won the puck in Holy Cross’ defensive zone, putting her on a breakaway, as she found the back of the net on a wrist shot.
  • Then, after the Cardinals fended off a 5-on-3 Crusader power play, Holy Cross tied the game with 1:58 left in the first period. Sophomore forward Maeve Reilly won the puck in a scrum in front of the net before sending a blocker side wrist shot into the top corner of the cage. Matthias and junior forward Emily Lissner each picked up an assist on the score.
  • Holy Cross led 15-7 in shots after the first period. The Crusaders went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Cardinals went 0-for-2.
  • Holy Cross took the lead in the second period, notching the only goal during this frame and outshooting Wesleyan by a 15-4 margin. On a power play at the 9:16 mark, Matthias poked the puck over the goal line from just outside the crease, as both Reilly and Lissner earned their second points of the game with the assists. The Crusaders ended the period going 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Cardinals went 0-for-1.
  • Holy Cross moved out to a 3-1 lead in the third period to secure the victory, outshooting Wesleyan, 11-5. Matthias stole the puck in the neutral zone, beating the goalie on a backhand shot on the blocker side to pick up her second goal of the day at 13:33. Freshman defender Victoria Young earned an assist on the score.
  • Both sides went 0-for-1 on the power play in the third period, as the Crusaders skated away with the 3-1 win.

 INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Freshman goaltender Marcia LaPlante made 15 saves in her first career start for the Crusaders to earn the win.
  • Allegra Grant made 38 stops and allowed three goals to take the loss for the Cardinals.  
  • Matthias led the Crusaders with two goals and one assist, while Reilly (1g, 1a) and Lissner (2a) each had two point games.
  • Holy Cross outshot Wesleyan, 41-16.
  • The Crusaders went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Wesleyan went 0-for-4.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • With their 8-1-0 record, the Crusaders are off to their best start to a season since 2011.
  • The Crusaders are 5-0-0 at the home this season.
  • LaPlante notched her first career win in her debut start.
  • Holy Cross is now 13-4-3 all-time versus Wesleyan.
  • Young earned her first career point on her assist in the third period.
  • Matthias has tallied at least one goal in three straight games. She has nine points this season consisting of six goals and three assists.
  • With her game-winning goal today, Matthias is now tied for 10th in the program’s all-time records with seven career game-winners.
  • Reilly picked up her second goal and third assist this year, as Lissner notched her fourth assist.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, December 2, when the Crusaders travel to Manchester, N.H. to take on St. Anselm for a 4:00 p.m. game.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossWHockey and on Facebook. You can also get the latest news and results on the team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here.

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