Women's Ice Hockey Suffers 4-3 OT Loss To St. Anselm In ECAC Open Final

Alex Campione

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Senior Alex Campione (Townsend, Mass.) scored two goals as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team lost an overtime thriller to Saint Anselm in the final of the ECAC Open Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 4-3. The Crusaders finish the season with a record of 16-6-5, while the Hawks conclude the 2012-2013 campaign with a record of 19-4-4.

The first five goals of the game came on the power play. Courtney Winters netted her team-high 22nd goal of the season for the Hawks as Saint Anselm got out to a 1-0 lead on with 5:05 remaining in the first period. The Hawks doubled their advantage as Michelle Conway beat Holy Cross sophomore goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) with help from Alex Kazmer with 2:50 on the clock. Saint Anselm held a 2-0 advantage at the first intermission.

Holy Cross cut the lead to 2-1 just 21 seconds into the second period as Campione netted her first goal of the game. Sophomore Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded her 10th assist of the season on the play. Sophomore Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) tied the game, 2-2, with her team-high 13th goal of the season 1:31 later in unassisted fashion. The Hawks responded with 4:53 remaining in the stanza as Kazmer scored her seventh goal of the season and Saint Anselm held the 3-2 advantage going into the third.

The Crusaders knotted the score, 3-3, with 10:49 remaining in regulation as Campione received a pass from junior Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) and beat Saint Anselm goaltender Lindsey Brown for her ninth goal of the season. After 60 minutes of action, the Hawks took home the title with 2:37 remaining in overtime as Franny Nicholson scored an unassisted goal to bring the final tally to 4-3.

Stevenson made 24 saves in the game and finishes the season with a record of 6-3-4. Brown stopped 26 shots and ends the season at 13-2-2. Holy Cross outshot the Hawks, 29-28.

The 2012-2013 women's ice hockey season has come to an end.