WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Devon Ball (Burlington, Ontario) scored her first goal of the season as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team tied UMass Boston, 1-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. The Crusaders are now 12-4-5 (6-3-5 ECAC East) on the season while the Beacons move to 8-10-4 (5-6-4 ECAC East).
The first two periods remained scoreless as Holy Cross went 0-4 on the power play and UMass Boston went 0-2. The Crusaders outshot the Beacons 18-9 in the first two stanzas, including a 10-3 margin in the second period. Holy Cross finally got on the board when Ball fired a shot from just inside the blue line that beat UMass Boston goaltender Casey Schaejbe on the glove side with 6:40 remaining in the game. Senior Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) was credited with her team-high 14th assist of the year on the play and fellow classmate Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) also added her seventh helper this season.
Just 1:25 later, the Beacons took advantage of a Holy Cross penalty and tied the game, 1-1. Sophomore Kelsey MacIsaac pushed home a rebound right in front of Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) to get UMass Boston back in the game with 5:15 left on the clock. Juniors Katie Loiselle and Shannon Cavolo recorded assists on the score.
Despite outshooting the Beacons 29-16 in the contest, the Crusaders skated away with a 1-1 draw. Stevenson made 15 saves and moves to 4-2-4 on the season while Schaejbe made 28 stops and is now 4-7-2.
Prior to the final puck drop of the 2012-2013 season at the Hart Center, seniors Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.), English, O'Quinn, Meghan Reynolds (Marion, Mass.) and Alyssa Ruhland (Minneapolis, Minn.) were honored by head coach Peter Van Buskirk and assistant coach Derek Alfama for their hard work and dedication to the women's ice hockey program over the past four years.
The Crusaders will finish the regular season with four games on the road. The team returns to the ice against Nichols on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:40 p.m.