NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team defeated Merrimack, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Lawler Rink to complete the season sweep of the Warriors.
Holy Cross struck early thanks to Emma Lange's first collegiate goal and hung on for the length of the game to earn its first Hockey East season sweep in program history. After the Warriors outshot the Crusaders, 12-6, in the first period, Holy Cross held the 23-18 advantage the rest of the way.
The Holy Cross defense came up big, killing off all five penalties it faced, including a minute and a half of a 5-on-3. Jada Brenon was in goal for her first collegiate shutout, stopping 30 shots on the day.
1-0 HC (1st, 1:49, EV): Lange put the Crusaders up off a great individual effort. She won the puck along the boards, stick handled around multiple defenders, and beat Merrimack's Demers over her glove side.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- After being outshot by at least ten in each of its previous two meetings with Merrimack, Holy Cross kept it much closer today trailing by just one, 30-29.
- The shutout is the program's first since making the transition to Hockey East with its last coming on Feb. 17 of 2018 in a 2-0 win over St. Anselm.
Holy Cross will finish play in 2019 with a home game against Northeastern this Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:05 p.m.