WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head women's ice hockey coach Peter Van Buskirk and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., have announced the 2012-2013 schedule. The Crusaders will play a total of 25 regular season games, including 12 at the Hart Center. Holy Cross will kick off the season in a game against Potsdam State (Oct. 28) at the Hart Center, followed by another home contest against Salve Regina (Nov. 2), before traveling to face off against Salve Regina again on Nov. 3.
The remainder of the 2012 portion of the schedule features key ECAC games against UMass-Boston (Nov. 9), St. Anselm (Nov. 10), Manhattanville (Nov. 16), Nichols (Nov. 17), Norwich (Dec. 1) and St. Michael's (Dec. 2). The Crusaders will host non-conference opponents Wesleyan (Nov. 25) and Connecticut College (Dec. 4), they will then travel to Bowdoin to conclude the calendar year on Dec. 7
Holy Cross will open the New Year when it competes in the Castleton State Tournament in Castleton, Vt., on Jan. 11-12. The Crusaders will open the tournament with a game against Sacred Heart (Jan. 11) and then will play either Castleton State or Franklin Pierce (Jan. 12). The Crusaders will then travel to play Colby on Jan. 15 before hosting two conference events at the Hart Center against ECAC opponents Castleton State (Jan. 18) and New England College (Jan. 19). Holy Cross will close out the month of January with two road competitions at Plymouth State (Jan. 25) and Southern Maine (Jan. 26).
In February, the Crusaders will welcome St. Anselm (Feb. 1) and host its final home game of the season at the Hart Center against UMass-Boston (Feb. 2). The Crusaders will close their season with four consecutive away contests at Nichols (Feb. 8), Manhattanville (Feb.9), Castleton State (Feb. 15) and New England College (Feb. 16).
The Crusaders will look to win their fourth ECAC Open title in five years on Feb. 23 and 24 in Bridgeport, Conn.
Last season the Crusaders went 19-4-3 including a 9-1-2 record at the Hart Center.