WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's hockey team secured the first win of any Crusader athletic team in eight months when it took down Maine 3-2 Saturday afternoon. Junior Sommer Ross scored two goals including the game-winner to give Holy Cross the victory.
The Crusaders took the lead in the first period on Ross' first goal of the day before Maine tied things up in the second. The third period saw three total goals, including sophomore Carly Beniek's first of the year and a second from Ross. The Black Bears added one more with 23 seconds to play, but couldn't get another look on goal in the time remaining.
Holy Cross' third line, made up of Ross, Beniek, and freshman Lilly Feeney, had a great day as a unit as they were responsible for six of the seven total points accumulated by the team. Feeney assisted on a pair of goals, while Beniek picked up an assist on Ross' first.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1-0 HC (1st, 18:19, EV) - Ross got the scoring started with under two minutes to go in the first. Feeney fought the puck out of the corner and moved it over to Beniek, who was able to push it across the crease to Ross who was waiting on the opposite side of the goal and tapped it in.
1-1 Maine (2nd, 1:25, SH) - Ida Kuoppala created a breakaway during a Holy Cross power play to even the game.
2-1 HC (3rd, 00:32, EV) - Emma Lange sent a shot in from the point that Beniek was able to tip up and over the Maine goalie to take back the lead.
3-1 HC (3rd, 18:17, EN) - Ross intercepted a pass and went on a breakaway of her own, getting just close enough to make it a sure thing before letting the puck go.
3-2 Maine (3rd, 19:37, PP, EA) - Kuoppala got her second of the day while on the power play and with Maine's goalie pulled, but the 6-on-4 score was too little too late.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jada Brenon made 21 saves on the day to earn her first win of the season.
- This was the first multi-goal game of Ross' career.
- The Crusaders outshot Maine, 30-23.
Holy Cross will take on New Hampshire next weekend in a home-and-home series starting with a matchup in Worcester on Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.