WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore forward Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) netted her first game-winning goal of the season as the Crusaders earned a 2-1 victory over visiting Wesleyan at the Hart Center on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders improve to 5-2-1 on the season while the Cardinals even their record at 2-2-0.
Holy Cross got on the board just 6:14 into the first period when junior Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) received a pass from senior Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) and kept the puck low on the ice from the blue line for her first goal of the season. Senior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) was also credited with an assists on the play. With 1:15 remaining in the frame, Fleming took a pass from junior Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) and scored the eventual game-winner for her fifth goal of the season. The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after one period.
After a scoreless second period, the Cardinals took advantage of a power play opportunity late in the third to cut the Crusaders' lead to one. Jordan Schildhaus netted her second goal of the season with help from Becca Koppel and Laura Mead. Wesleyan kept the pressure on with an empty net and extra skater with just over a minute remaining, followed by a Holy Cross penalty allowing the Cardinals to have two extra skaters on the ice with 11 seconds remaining. The Crusader defense held off the attack and Holy Cross escaped with the 2-1 victory.
The Crusaders outshot Wesleyan by a tally of 39-14 in the game. Wesleyan went 1-3 on the power play while the Crusaders went 0-4. Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) made 13 saves on the afternoon to move to 2-1-1 on the season while Cardinal net minder Ashleigh Corvi made 37 stops and is now 2-2-0
The Crusaders will continue their six-game home stand on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, against St. Michael's and Norwich. The St. Michael's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. while the puck will drop in the Norwich game at 4:00 p.m.