BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Sophomore Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) scored her team-high 11th and 12th goals and added two assits as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 4-1, in the semifinal of the ECAC Open Tournament. The Crusaders (16-5-5) advance to take on Saint Anselm in the championship game tomorrow, Feb. 24, at 4:00 p.m. Sacred Heart (17-13-2) will face Saint Michael's in the concelation game tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.
Sophomore Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) got the Crusaders on the board just 3:14 into the first period as Fleming recorded her first assist of the game. It was Klimasewiski's sixth goal of the season. The Pioneers responded with 3:05 remaining in the frame as Natasha Klinoff beat Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) with help from Whitney Henderson and Alex Davis. The 1-1 tie did not last long, however, as Fleming netted her team-high fourth game-winner of the season just 50 seconds later. Junior Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) added the helper on the play and the Crusaders took a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.
Fleming wasted no time increasing the Holy Cross advantage in the second period, beating Sacred Heart goaltender Alexius Schutt just 1:22 into the stanza to make the score 3-1. Gallagher added her second assist of the game on the play. Sophomore Jessica Frascotti (Needham, Mass.) capped off the scoring for Holy Cross, recording her first goal of the season with 12:50 remaining in the third period. The Crusaders skated away with the 4-1 victory.
Manzanares made 22 saves and is now 10-3-1 on the season. Schutt stopped 30 shots in the game and is now 8-8-1. Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart 34-23 overall in the contest.
Saint Anselm defeated Saint Michael's, 6-1, in the other semifinal of the ECAC Open Tournament. The Crusaders and Hawks will meet for the fourth straight season in the championship game tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.