WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team fell to Merrimack 3-2 Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. Millie Sirum scored her first collegiate goal and chipped in an assist, but it wasn't enough to complete the season sweep of the Warriors.
The Crusaders struck first on Sirum's goal, but Merrimack would score three straight over the second and third periods to build a two-goal lead that Holy Cross wasn't able to come back from.
The Crusaders outshot the Warriors 46-20 on the day, but Merrimack got a good showing out of goalie Emma Gorski, who stopped 44 shots, and made the most of its opportunities to claim the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1-0 HC (1st, 17:37, EV): Carlie Magier fed Sirum the puck at center ice and Sirum made a nice move around a defender in the slot before firing a shot on goal that trickled through Gorski's pads.
1-1 MC (2nd, 9:02, EV): Megan Fergusson tied things up when the puck came loose after a scrum in front of the net.
2-1 MC (2nd, 15:31, EV): The Warriors took the lead off the stick of Katie Kaufman who used some traffic in the slot to her advantage.
3-1 MC (3rd, 14:18, EV): Gabby Jones doubled Merrimack's lead after the Crusaders weren't able to clear the puck out of their defensive zone despite multiple efforts.
3-2 HC (3rd, 18:49, EA): With its net empty, Holy Cross got one back when Bryn Saarela went top shelf to beat Gorski, but that's where the comeback effort would end.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Crusaders' 46 shots on goal were their most ever in a Hockey East game and the most in any game since putting up 52 on Oct. 27 of last season against RPI.
- Saarela's goal gives her two on the year and moves her into the team lead with four points.
The Crusaders are off until Jan. 1 when they travel to Vermont for two games.