Holy Cross Falls To St. Anselm 2-1 In ECAC Open Championship Game

Mackenzie Boardman

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Taylor McGee (Pearl River, N.Y.) scored the lone goal for Holy Cross in the second period as the Crusaders fell to St. Anselm, 2-1, in the ECAC Open Championship game on Sunday at the Hart Center. The Crusaders finish the 2013-2014 season with an 18-8-1 overall record. The Hawks earned their third straight ECAC Championship victory and end the 2013-2014 season with a 24-4-0 mark.

The first goal of the game was posted by McGee at 8:33 of the second period. The goal was her third of the season. The shot came from the top of the blue line and slipped past the Hawks net minder. Sophomore Mackenzie Boardman (Anchorage, Alaska) notched the assist as it was her fifth of the year. With five minutes remaining in the period St. Anselm's Alexandra Starzyk tied the game at 1-1 on a power play goal as Andi Foss and Jacqueline Bouchie paved the way with the assists.

Both teams came out strong to the start of the final period. St. Anselm got things started off to a good note as it scored exactly 35 seconds in. Freshman Alison Quinn scored her 14th goal of the season to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The assists came way by Courtney Winters and Bouchie posted her second assist of the game. The Crusaders did all they could to get back into the thick of things. Holy Cross added an extra skater with under a minute remaining in the game but it was not enough. With the buzzer going off St. Anselm became the 2014 ECAC Open champions.

St. Anselm outshot Holy Cross 23-15 in the game. The Crusaders won 31 faceoffs while the Hawks garnered 20.

Junior goaltender Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) suffered the loss as she made a total of 21 saves in net with eight of them coming in the final stanza. Her record stands at 8-5-0 to end the season. The Hawks junior Lindsay Brown earned the victory between the pipes, her 13th win on the year. Brown stopped 14 shots in the game.

At the end of the game, the All-Tournament Team and Most Outstanding Player were presented by Holy Cross Director of Athletics, Nathan Pine.

All-Tournament Team

MOP: Alexandra Starzyk, Forward, St. Anselm

Kylee Sullivan, Forward, Holy Cross

Taylor McGee, Defense, Holy Cross

Jacqueline Bouchie, Defense, St. Anselm

Alison Butler, Forward, St. Anselm