Women’s Ice Hockey Blanks Crusaders, 6-0

Women’s Ice Hockey Blanks Crusaders, 6-0


Forward Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) scored two goals and an assist en route to a 6-0 blanking of the Crusaders of the College of the Holy Cross Friday evening at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.  With the victory, the Hawks improve to 14-6-0 overall on the season and to 9-5-0 within the ECAC Women's East.  The Crusaders drop only their second contest of the season, falling to 15-2-2 overall and to 11-2-0 within the conference.

Giarrusso recorded the sixth game-winning of her career to open the scoring in the game, lighting the lamp at 4:22 of the first period off of an assist from forward Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) to lift Saint Anselm to a 1-0 lead.  The junior forward now has recorded at least one assist in 12 of her last 13 games and is riding a two-game point streak, scoring two goals and two assists for four points (2-2=4) during that span.

Forward Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season at 8:47 of the first period, placing the Hawks ahead by a 2-0 margin.  Defensemen Sami Tatu (Waterford, Mich.) and Angela Zevnik (Greenfield, Wisc.) collected assists on Herron's goal, as the freshman forward now has 21 points (15-6=21) in only 20 games.

Ciara Petry (Poolesville, Md.) scored her first goal of the season and the third of her career at 19:32 of the first period, granting Saint Anselm a 3-0 lead exiting the first period.  Line-mate Bridget Sylvester (Randolph, N.J.) fed Petry the puck down low in the zone to initiate the play.  Defenseman Molly Corl (Georgetown, Mass.) collected the extra assist on the play en route to a team-leading plus-5 rating.

Keeping pace with Herron in the point-scoring department, forward Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) increased the Hawks' lead to 4-0 only 29 seconds into the middle stanza of the game.  Winters has now recorded at least one point in nine of her last 10 games, recording 14 points (8-6=14) during that time frame.  Giarrusso and Picarello once again combined to make a play for Saint Anselm, adding assists on Winters' 14th goal of the season.

Not to be outdone, Picarello once again fed Giarrusso at 17:59 of the third period, placing Saint Anselm out in front by a five goal margin.  Giarrusso's eighth goal of the season was also assisted by Winters in the waning minutes of regulation.

Capturing her fifth goal of the season was defenseman Andi Foss (Elko, Minn.), adding extra insurance with only 17 seconds remaining in regulation time to secure a 6-0 victory for Saint Anselm.  Sliding the puck from right to left, Tatu caught the stick of Foss at the top of the left face-off circle.  A powerful blast on goal eluded the grasp of Crusaders goaltender Alexandra Stevenson for her fifth goal of the season, adding to her career-high season total.

Hawks goaltender Amy Zappen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) posted the 13th shutout of her career this evening, turning aside all 14 shots on goal that she faced.  The starting goaltender for the Crusaders, Carly Dominick-Sobol drew only her second loss of the season, allowing four goals on 18 shots through the first period.  Stevens relieved Dominick-Sobol to begin the second period, halting 14-of-16 shots on goal for the remainder of regulation time.

Saint Anselm was 1-for-5 on the power play.  Holy Cross was 0-for-3 with the extra skater.

NOTABLES:  In all-time program history, the Hawks are 13-4-2 in 19 career games against the Crusaders…This season on home ice, Saint Anselm boasts a 7-1-0 record…When forward Rosemarie Giarrusso records an assist, the Hawks are undefeated in 11 games on the season…When forward Ciara Petry records a point, Saint Anselm is a perfect 3-0-0…Defenseman Molly Corl was a season-high plus-5 in tonight's game.

In the second day of Pink In The Rink action at the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena, the Hawks host the Seahawks of Salve Regina University in a 1:00 p.m. contest Saturday, Feb. 4. Catch all of the action by following the Hawks on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).