Women's Hockey Set for NEWHA Tournament
WOMEN’S HOCKEY TAKES ON SACRED HEART IN SEMIFINALS OF NEWHA TOURNAMENT
• The Holy Cross women’s hockey team will compete in the semifinal round of the NEWHA Tournament on Feb. 24 against Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. All tournament games will be played at Saint Anselm.
NEWHA TOURNAMENT SET-UP
• Saint Anselm secured the top seed and a first-round bye with 33 points.
• Holy Cross finished second with 32 points and also received a first-round bye.
• Sacred Heart ended in third place and played Post, who finished in sixth, in the first round. Sacred Heart defeated Post, 6-0, on Feb. 21.
• Franklin Pierce and Saint Michael’s were locked in at the fourth and fifth seeds. Franklin Pierce beat Saint Michael’s, 2-1, and will play Saint Anselm in the semifinals on Feb. 24.
• The championship game will be played on Sunday at Saint Anselm at 3 p.m.
HOLY CROSS HEADLINES
• The Crusaders are 16-7-3 on the season after splitting the home-and-home series with Saint Anselm Feb. 16-17.
• Holy Cross finished in second place in the NEWHA with 32 points, one point behind Saint Anselm.
• Senior Kara Violette was named the NEWHA Player of the Year. This is the second year in a row that Violette has received a conference player of the year award.
• Junior Tori Messina was named the NEWHA Defender of the Year. She is the first player in program history to win a defender of the year award.
• Freshmen Antonia Matzka and Julia Pelletier were named to the NEWHA All-Rookie Team.
• Senior Kelsey Goostrey was named to the NEWHA Sportsmanship Team.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Kara Violette leads the Crusaders through the end of the regular season with 15 goals, 22 assists on 37 points. Her 27 assists and 37 points are career highs.
• The senior forward ranks third in Holy Cross all-time career points with 130.
• She also is ranked third in the NEWHA in power play goals with six.
• Katie MacCuaig leads the Holy Cross freshmen with 18 points on 14 goals and four assists.
• Holy Cross has three players ranked in the top five in the league for goal scoring (Violette, Lissner and MacCuaig).
• The Crusaders are ranked first in the NEWHA with an average 4.85 goals per game.
• Holy Cross has a conversion rate of 30.3% on the powerplay (23/76), which leads the NEWHA and the nation.
CRUSADERS IN GOAL
• Marcia LaPlante improves to 6-0-0 on the sesason after a 2-0 win against Saint Anselm.
• LaPlante has a .975 save percentage with a 0.45 goals against average. She leads the NEWHA in both categories.
Julia Pelletier has recorded three shutouts on the season and ranks fifth in the nation with a 1.47 goals against average.
• Pelletier is ranked second in the NEWHA with a .928 save percentage.
• 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 (15-22-37).
• She recorded a power play goal and notched an assist against Saint Anselm on Feb. 17.
• She is second in the NEWHA in career points with 130.
• The senior forward is ranked third in the league in assists with 22, which also leads the team.
• She has recorded at least one point in 19 of the Crusaders’ last 22 games.
MESSINA ON THE POWER PLAY
• Since Feb. 3, Messina has scored four power play goals in five games.
• She has six power play goals on the season, which is tied for first on the team and ranked third in the NEWHA.
• Since Nov. 17, the Violette, Matthias and Reilly line has contributed on 42 of 75 goals.
• Seven out of the last eight goals scored by Matthias have been assisted by Violette or Reilly.
• Violette, Matthias and Reilly all tallied an assist in last week’s games against Saint Anselm.
RECAPPING SAINT ANSELM
• On Friday, Feb. 16, the Crusaders lost, 3-2, to the Hawks.
• MacCuiag and Messina both scored and Emily Lissner, Victoria Young and Reilly assisted.
• On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Holy Cross bounced back to beat Saint Anselm, 2-0.
• Antonia Matzka and Violette scored power play goals to lift the Crusaders over the Hawks.
• The 2-0 win was the third time Holy Cross has shut out Saint Anselm this season.
SCOUTING SACRED HEART
• The Pioneers stand at 25-6-2 on the season and 13-5-2 in the NEWHA.
• Taylor Moreland leads the Pioneers with 62 points on 28 goals and 34 assists.
• Between the pipes, Sarah Erban has a 15-4-2 record on the season with a .930 save percentage and 1.52 goals against average.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE PIONEERS
• Holy Cross tied Sacred Heart, 1-1, on Jan. 27, 2018.
• Young scored the goal from Grace Peluso and MacCuaig.
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.