WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY FALLS TO HOLY CROSS, 6-2, IN SEASON OPENER
Nov. 6, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, MI) netted four goals and added an assist to lead College of the Holy Cross women's ice hockey over University of Massachusetts Boston, 6-2, tonight at the Clark Athletic Center rink on the campus of UMass Boston. The game was the season opener for both squads. The Crusaders improve to 1-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in ECAC East play while the Beacons fall to 0-1-0, 0-1-0.
Hochkins netted the game winning tally 13:16 into the second period on a helper from junior forward Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, SK) to put Holy Cross up for good, 3-2. The score came only 20 seconds after UMass Boston was able to tie the contest at 2-2 on junior forward Katie Kirwan's (Centerville, MA) first goal of the year that came off of an assist from junior forward Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) at 12:56.
The Beacons jumped out to a 1-0 lead when freshman forward Ali Greenberg (Stoughton, MA) netted her first collegiate goal 15:28 into the first period. The score was assisted by sophomore forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) and came on the power play. Despite holding a 10-8 shot advantage in the period, the Crusaders were unable to get the equalizer and trailed 1-0 after one period of play.
Holy Cross answered just 6:40 into the second period when Hochkins netted the first of her four goals on a power play opportunity to knot the game at 1-1. The Crusaders would strike again at 12:04 when sophomore forward Nicola Garat (Princeton, NJ) put them back on top, 2-1. Garat was assisted by freshman forward Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, MA) with her first career helper. Following the scoring flurry by Kirwan and Hochkins, it was Garat who was able to light the lamp one last time before the period's close to make it a 4-2 Holy Cross advantage. The forward picked up her second goal of the frame with only 1:19 left to play in the second period and was assisted by Hochkins and O'Quinn.
Hotchkins rounded out the day's scoring with two more tallies in the third period to give her four on the night. Her hat trick came at 9:19 on an unassisted goal to put the Crusaders ahead, 5-2. With 4:56 to play in the period, the sophomore added one more tally on an assist from Kratchmer, her second of the night to make it a 6-2 contest.
Sophomore goaltender Carly Dominick-Sobol (Syracuse, NY) made 14 saves to pick up her first victory of the season for Holy Cross, while sophomore netminder Leah Hallet (Rocky Hill, CT) recorded 48 saves in for UMass Boston, which was outshot, 54-16.
The Beacons will be in action again tomorrow when they take on Manhattanville College at 2:00 p.m. in another ECAC East showdown, while the Cruaders skate tomorrow with a home contest vs. Salve Regina University at 2:00 p.m. in an ECAC East match up.