WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team was defeated by New Hampshire, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders took a one goal lead early in the game but could not hold off the Wildcats, despite a 54-save effort from Jada Brenon. Holy Cross moves to 0-12-2 and 0-9-1 in Hockey East while New Hampshire improves to 2-9-2 and 2-8-1 in league action.
In the first period, Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead near the half-way point. Jada Brenon turned aside all 16 shots she faced.
The second period saw offense from New Hampshire. Almost four minutes into the period, the Wildcats evened the score on the power play. UNH added the go-ahead goal with two seconds to play in the period to take the lead, 2-1.
New Hampshire tallied two quick goals in the third period to take a 4-1 lead. The Wildcats scored two goals in one minute and five seconds. Holy Cross battled with four more shots on goal in the final period, but were unable to close the gap.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1-0 HC (1st - 9:26): Emma Lange sent Rachel Moore through the neutral zone with a great stretch pass. Moore controlled the puck in the corner before feeding Antonia Matzka on the point. Matzka sent a hard shot through traffic that found its way under the crossbar.
1-1 UNH (2nd - 3:45): New Hampshire scored on the power play from Devan Taylor.
2-1 UNH (2nd - 19:58): With two seconds to play in the period, New Hampshire's Marie-Jo Pelletier scored from the point.
3-1 UNH (3rd - 3:44): Taylor Wenczkowski scored on a rush by shooting just below the cross bar.
4-1 UNH (3rd - 3:49): In transition, Carlee Turner fired in a slapshot.
NOTES & NUMBERS:
- UNH outshot Holy Cross, 54-19.
- The Crusaders blocked 23 shots, led by Jackie Gellner with five.
The Crusaders will play a non-conference game with Harvard on Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m.