Barrage of Early Goals Surge Women's Hockey Past Holy Cross, 4-2

Barrage of Early Goals Surge Women's Hockey Past Holy Cross, 4-2

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Juniors Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.) and Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) each recorded a two-point night, and freshman Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) scored her first collegiate goal as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team scored three goals in the first 3:15 of the game, then hung on late to hold off heated New England Hockey Conference rival College of the Holy Cross squad Friday night in Sullivan Arena, 4-2.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

• Shea and Findley both scored their first respective season goals and added an assist Friday night to lead the Hawks.
• Mueller earned her first collegiate goal on a masterful redirect in the first period as well, as Shea and senior Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) each assisted on the tally.
• Sophomore Ashley Moran (Woburn, Mass.) scored her first goal of the year in traffic early in the game.
• Sophomore Jackie Guy (Saint Louis, Mo.) and junior Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.) each also picked up an assist, rounding out a septet of Hawks to pick up a point on the night.
• Junior Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) collected a game-high 20 saves on 22 Holy Cross shots, improving to 3-0 on the season. 

For the Crusaders…

• Sam Girard and Izzy Bagi each scored a goal for Holy Cross, with Emily Lissner, Elizabeth Scala and Amanda Kewer each collecting an assist.
• Alex Barnes took her first season loss between the pipes, collecting 12 saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED

• The Hawks' early barrage was started just 43 seconds into the game, as Findley sent in a slap shot from outside the left circle, finding the stick of Moran who redirected the puck past Barnes.
• Before fans could even blink, Saint Anselm then doubled its lead as Butler won a faceoff, playing it back to Guy behind the left circle. Guy sent one into the crease, finding the stick of Shea who tucked it home at the 1:28 mark of the opening frame.
• Mueller then netted her first career goal of yet another deflection out front, redirecting a Shea rocket from the right faceoff circle. Kazmer picked up the secondary assist on Mueller's tally at the 3:15 mark of the first period.
• Findley then collected the puck along the baseline, carried it around two defenders and dribbled a low shot past Barnes right post from the left side, barely crossing the goal line but effectively putting the Hawks up 4-0 into the first intermission.
• Holy Cross would respond 59 seconds into the second period with Girard's goal, and add a third-period tally by Bagi at the eight-minute mark, but the Hawks held on for the gritty 4-2 home win.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

• Momentum took a pretty hefty swing from the first period to the third, as Saint Anselm outshot the Crusaders 9-2 in the opening frame. After edging the hosts 7-5 in the second, it was Holy Cross who applied the pressure in the third with a whopping 13-2 advantage in the final period alone.
• Neither team could take advantage of power play opportunities, combining to go 0-for-8 on the night.

NOTES

• Saint Anselm improves to 20-8-3 all-time against Holy Cross, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Crusaders.
• Balance has been key for the Hawks early this season, as through three games, 14 different skaters have earned at least one point offensively.

UP NEXT

• Saint Anselm returns to Sullivan Arena Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup with NEHC foe University of Southern Maine.

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