Women's Hockey Set for Two Against Franklin Pierce
WOMEN’S HOCKEY SET FOR HOME-AND-HOME WITH FRANKLIN PIERCE
• The Holy Cross women’s hockey team is set for a home-and-home series with the Franklin Pierce Ravens on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10. The first game with be in Worcester, Mass. at the Hart Center at 7:05 p.m. On Saturday, the Crusaders will travel to Winchendon, Mass. for a 4:00 p.m. puck drop.
AUTISM AWARENESS FUNDRAISER
• The Crusaders are conducting a fundraiser for autism awareness. The team has partnered with Autism Speaks, an organization that promotes solutions for the needs of people affected by autism and their families.
• To donate, please visit this link http://bit.ly/AutismFund.
• The Autism Awareness game will take place at the Hart Center on Feb. 9 against Franklin Pierce.
HOLY CROSS HEADLINES
• The Crusaders are 13-6-3 on the season after two wins against Post Feb. 2 and 3.
• Holy Cross is in second place in the NEWHA with 26 points.
• Nine different Crusaders scored over the weekend.
• Senior Emily Lissner played in her 100th game and recorded two goals and two assists through two games.
• Tori Messina received the NEWHA’s Defensive Player of the Week award for play Jan. 29-Feb3. She recorded one goal and two assists and went +6 on the weekend.
• Marcia LaPlante made 25 saves in the two games.
• The Crusaders have posted an 87.5% succes rate on the penalty kill (49-57), which ranks second in the NEWHA.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Emily Lissner leads the Crusaders in goals with 14, which is good for third in the NEWHA.
• Kara Violette reached the 30-point mark with 11 goals and 19 assists.
• Violette is ranked third in the NEWHA in assists with 19. The senior forward ranks fourth in Holy Cross career points with 123. She also is ranked third in the NEWHA in power play goals with five.
• The Crusaders are ranked second in the NEWHA with 95 goals.
• Holy Cross has a conversion rate of 29.0% on the powerplay (18/62), which leads the NEWHA and the nation.
CRUSADERS IN GOAL
• Julia Pelletier has recorded three shutouts on the season and ranks fourth in the nation with a 1.47 goals against average.
• Pelletier is ranked third in the NEWHA with a .928 save percentage.
• Marcia LaPlante improves to 3-0-0 on the sesason after two wins against Post.
• Tessie Salatas has recorded six career shutouts, which ranks second in the league. Salatas posted a shutout against Harvard on Nov. 18.
• Violette leads the team in points (11-19-30), which ranks third overall in the NEWHA. She recorded two goals against the Post Eagles on Feb. 2 and 3.
• She is second in the NEWHA in career points with 123.
• The senior forward is ranked third in the league in assists with 19, which also leads the team.
• She has recorded at least one point in 16 of the Crusaders’ last 18 games.
LISSNER LIGHTING IT UP
• Senior forward Emily Lissner recorded two goals and two assists against the Post Eagles.
• The senior forward has tallied two hat tricks this season.
• Lissner leads the team with 12 goals, which is a career high.
• Since Nov. 17, the Violette, Matthias and Reilly line has contributed on 32 of 60 goals.
• Seven out of the last eight goals scored by Matthias have been assisted by Violette or Reilly.
• Emily Lissner led the Crusaders in goals during the month of January with nine.
• Violette recorded 14 points on six goals and eight assists through seven games.
• On Friday, Feb. 2, the Crusaders defeated Post, 5-1.
• Sophomore Maggie Hallisey led Holy Cross with two goals in the third period.
• On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Holy Cross downed Post, 9-0.
• Eight different Crusaders scored in the win.
SCOUTING FRANKLIN PIERCE
• The Ravens stand at 12-9-2 on the season and 6-9-1 in the NEWHA.
• The Ravens are coming off a 3-2 loss against Sacred Heart.
• Nicole Amato leads the Ravens with 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists.
PREPARATION FOR HOCKEY EAST
• To start the 2017-2018 season, Holy Cross played two home games against the RIT Tigers, coming away with a tie on Oct. 6 (2-2, OT) and a loss on Oct. 7 (3-2).
• Katie MacCuaig scored her first career goal against the Tigers in the tie.
• The Crusaders then traveled to Hanover, N.H. on Oct. 13 to play an exhibition game against the Dartmouth Big Green. Holy Cross lost in their second overtime game of the season, 3-2.
• Danielle Doherty and Reilly each netted one goal against the Big Green.
• Holy Cross played the University of New Hampshire Oct. 14 and lost 9-1.
DIVISION I PLAY THROUGH NOVEMBER
• On Nov. 17, Holy Cross and Harvard met in Cambridge for the first game of a home-and-home series. The Crimson took the first game, 8-3.
• Julia Pellieter recorded a career-high 49 saves against Harvard in the loss.
• On Nov. 18, Holy Cross hosted Harvard and shutout the Crimson, 2-0, for their first Division I victory in program history.
• Tessie Salatas recorded 32 saves in the win against Harvard and recorded her sixth career shutout.
• “In my long career of coaching hockey, this is one of the biggest wins for me and this program,” said heach coach Peter Van Buskirk on the win against Harvard.
• The Crusaders went back to Hanover, N.H. for their final Division I game this season against Dartmouth.
• Holy Cross lost, 4-3, as Julie Matthias scored two goals for her second multi-goal game this season. Violette assisted on both goals.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE CRUSADER STAFF
• The team welcomes new associate head coach Katie Lachapelle. She came to Holy Cross after nine seasons working as an assistant coach at Boston University from 2008-2017.
• Michaela Tosone also joins the staff as the new director of operations. Tosone graduated from UMass Amherst where she was a member of the women’s hockey team.