BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Seniors Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) and Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) recorded three points each and fellow classmate Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.) added two points of her own as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team took down Nichols on the road on Wednesday evening in its final regular season game, 4-1. The Crusaders will enter the ECAC Open Tournament this weekend with a record of 15-5-5 (9-4-5 ECAC East). With the defeat, Nichols ends its season 4-20-1 (2-15-1 ECAC East).
English put the Crusaders on the board first with her sixth goal of the season just 7:47 into the first period. Campione and O'Quinn added assists on the score. Holy Cross maintained a 1-0 advantage for the next 29 minutes of action, increasing its lead with just 2:55 remaining in the second period on the team-high 10th goal of the season for sophomore Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.). The Crusaders took a 2-0 advantage into the third frame.
O'Quinn took advantage of a Nichols penalty with 12:48 remaining in the contest to tally her ninth goal of the season. English added her team-high 16th helper on the play and Campione was also credited with her second assist of the game. Bison sophomore Grace Murphy tallied the lone goal for Nichols in shorthanded fashion with 6:14 remaining to cut the lead to 3-1.
After Nichols pulled goaltender Francesca Palazzo, English and Campione worked together to each earn their third point of the game with 26 seconds left. English buried the empty netter for her second goal of the game while Campione earned her 10th assist of the season as Holy Cross skated away with a 4-1 victory.
Sophomore goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) made 32 saves, including 12 in the third period to move to 6-2-4 on the season. Palazzo made 29 saves and is now 0-7-1. Shots in the game were knotted at 33 apiece.
The women's ice hockey team will open the ECAC Open Tournament against Sacred Heart at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in Bridgeport, Conn.