WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) scored the only goal of the game for the Crusaders as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team fell to No. 3 Norwich on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center, 4-1. Holy Cross moves to 6-3-1 (4-3-1 ECAC East) on the season while the Cadets improve to 6-1-2 (6-1-0 ECAC East).
Norwich got on the board first after consecutive Crusader penalties resulted in a five-one-three opportunity for the Cadets. Leading scorer Tori Charron netted her ninth goal of the season off a rebound with 33 seconds left on the two-woman advantage. Just 31 seconds later, with Holy Cross still down one skater, Renee Lortie put the puck in the back of the net off an assist from Brittany Sharman to give the Cadets a 2-0 advantage going into the first intermission.
The Crusaders responded 8:26 into the second period when O'Quinn received a pass from senior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) from the near corner and fired a shot past Cadets' goaltender Loren Carrier to cut the lead in half, 2-1. Each team had three power-play opportunities in the second frame but neither was able to capitalize.
The third period began with Holy Cross on the attack. Holy Cross' best scoring opportunity came when sophomore Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and fellow classmate Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) created a two-on-one chance. Monahan passed the puck to Panarelli who gave it right back and Monahan fired a shot to Carrier's left side. The Cadet net minder made a quick sliding move and stabbed the puck out of the air with her glove to keep Norwich ahead by one.
Norwich increased its lead to 3-1 with 15:15 remaining in the game as Emily MacKinnon sent a pass right through the top of the crease that Madison Gallagher swiped across the goal line. Halfway through the period, with 9:19 remaining, Taylor Cross put the game away for the Cadets on a powerful slap shot from just inside the blue line that beat Holy Cross goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) over her stick side shoulder.
The Cadets outshot the Crusaders 32-17 in the game and went two-for-six on the power play. Holy Cross was unable to take advantage of four power play opportunities. Carrier made 16 saves on the afternoon to improve to 5-1-2 on the season while Manzanares stopped 28 shots and is now 4-2-0.
Holy Cross will conclude its six-game home stand this Tuesday, December 4, against Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m.