MANCHESTER, N.H. – After a six-game winning streak, the Holy Cross women's hockey team fell, 3-1, to St. Anselm at Sullivan Arena in ECAC play. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 15-6-1 overall (9-3-1 ECAC East) while the Hawks improve to 18-3-0 on the season and (11-2-0 ECAC East).
St. Anselm's freshman Alexandra Starzyk got things started with the first goal of the night just 3:58 into the game. Junior Tiffany Herron and freshman Meaghan Spurling set up the play and garnered the assists. The Hawks won the offensive battle in the first period as they took 12 shots on net compared to the Crusaders who mustered two. St. Anselm held a slight edge on faceoffs, 10-6.
The Hawks came out strong for the start of the second stanza as Alison Quinn scored their second of the night just 0:38 into the second. Courtney Winters earned the assist on the goal. Quinn knocked in her second goal of the game 6:04 into the period on a power play opportunity. Junior Franny Nicholson and freshman goalie Hannah Synnott paved the way for the 3-0 goal with the assists. The assist was Synnott's first of the season and her career. Just over halfway through the period, at 10:05, the Crusaders got on the board to cut the deficit to 3-1. Senior captain Emily Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal that brought the Crusaders within two for her first goal of the season. At the end of two periods of play St. Anselm held a 3-1 lead. The Crusaders took advantage of the faceoff opportunities in the second period winning 12-7 in the circle. The Hawks outshot the Crusaders 16-6 during the second period of play.
St. Anselm held their ground in the final period. The Crusaders fought back outshooting the Hawks for the first time during the game. They threw nine shots at Synnott, but she remained tough and did not allow one to pass. Junior goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) stayed strong posting seven stops in the period to keep the Hawks from scoring any insurance goals.
Manzanares stopped 27 shots while in net in her 60 minutes of action, but dropped to a mark of 7-4-0 on the season. Synnott remained undefeated advancing her record to 9-0-0 this season while making 16 saves between the pipes.
The Crusaders are back in action Saturday Feb. 8 for an afternoon game at UMass-Boston in conference action with a 1:00 p.m. puck drop.