SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Freshman Rose Rather (Stamford, Conn.) scored her team-high second game-winning goal and fifth overall of the season as the Holy Cross women's ice hockey team defeated St. Michael's on the road on Saturday afternoon by a score of 3-2. The Crusaders improved to 4-1-0 on the season and 2-1-0 in ECAC East action while the Purple Knights fell to 0-5-0 (0-4-0 ECAC East).
St. Michael's got on the scoreboard first as Sarah Bagley lit the lamp with 3:20 remaining in the opening period. The Crusaders responded 8:13 into the second stanza as freshman Izzy Bagi (Branford, Conn.) scored on the power play to even the game, 1-1. Junior Chelsea Monahan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) then put Holy Cross up 2-1 with 4:31 left in the second, and just under three minutes later Rather posted the eventual game-winner with 1:44 left in the frame.
St. Michael's cut the Crusader lead to 3-2 after a power play goal with 1:18 left in the game but it was not enough as Holy Cross junior goaltender Alexandra Stevenson (Norwood, N.Y.) made four of her six saves in the final period to ensure the Crusader victory. Purple Knights starting goaltender Meghan Leong made 32 saves in the first two periods before Tina Frasca entered the crease for the third period and registered five saves. Stevenson improves to 3-0 on the season while Leong is now 0-1. The Crusaders held the advantage in shots by a tally of 40-8.
With the victory, Peter Van Buskirk now has 200 career wins as the head women's ice hockey coach at Holy Cross over 14 seasons.
The Holy Cross women's ice hockey team will return to action on Friday, Nov. 22, against UMass-Boston at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m.