MANCHESTER, N.H. – With a goal at the 9:48 mark of the second period, senior Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) became the fifth player in Saint Anselm women's hockey history to eclipse the 100-point career mark and the Hawks shut out ECAC East rival Holy Cross Saturday night at Sullivan Arena, 5-0.
It was the perfect storm Saturday afternoon for the Hawks—quite literally as a heavy snowfall accumulated outside the confines of Sullivan Arena. Yet in its return from an eight-game, 63-day hiatus from its host arena, a spirited Saint Anselm squad avenged its only ECAC East loss this season with a truly dominant performance. Six different Hawks tallied a point on the day, including a three-assist game by junior and reigning ECAC East Player of the Week, Sarah Geisinger (Willougby, Ohio).
Yet the true spotlight of the afternoon was on Herron's pursuit of the century mark, which she slammed home midway through the second period. Freshman Jackie Guy (Saint Louis, Mo.) carried the puck near mid-ice and found Geisinger just outside the kill zone. Geisinger dished a short pass to Herron and the 5-2 senior ripped it top shelf right side as the goal horn sounded and her teammates swarmed in celebration.
However, Herron wasn't about to settle for just one goal on the day, adding a third-period stuff-in at the 7:54 mark off the right skate of Crusader goaltender Alexandra Stevenson.
Herron's tallies Saturday enter her into the history books as the fifth women's hockey player to reach the 100-point plateau, joining three former teammates in the process. All-time leading-scorer Rosemarie Giarrusso (140 points) and Kathryn Picarello (106 points) were members of the Hawks' squads from 2009-2013 and Herron skated three seasons with Courtney Winters (132 points), who graduated last season.
After a scoreless first period, Guy opened the second with a deep power play crack on a Geisinger assist before Herron doubled that lead. Sophomore Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) made it 3-0 on assists from sophomore Alison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) and junior Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) as the Hawks soared into the second intermission.
It was all Saint Anselm in the third as well with the second Geisinger-Herron connection coupling with a Starzyk-assisted Kazmer goal at the 17:22 mark of the third as the Hawks picked up a resounding victory.
Senior goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) secured her third shutout of the season while collecting a game-high 24 saves. She also kept her win percentage unblemished, improving to 8-0-1 in her nine starts this season.
The victory improves Saint Anselm to 11-4-2 overall and 7-1-2 in the league, leaping the Crusaders who fell to 11-5-1 and 7-2 in the league. With six league games remaining for the Hawks, they are tied with Franklin Pierce with 16 points, just one behind league-leading Norwich. The Hawks are also riding a 5-game unbeaten streak and have outscored its opponents 21-4 over that span.
Saint Anselm will look to keep that streak alive with a pair of tough matchups next week. Tuesday, the Hawks will step out of ECAC East action to host Trinity College before heading to nearby Franklin Pierce for a huge rematch against the Ravens Friday afternoon.
Saturday, Saint Anselm wore its pink uniforms as a part of its annual "Pink in the Rink" weekend to raise and support breast cancer awareness. Both the men's and women's teams sold t-shirts, paper ribbons and hosted other in-game activities throughout the weekend, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Wing at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H.