Holy Cross Blanks Southern Maine 3-0

Freshman D Erin Ferrara
Freshman D Erin Ferrara

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Mackenzie Boardman (Anchorage, Alaska) scored a pair of goals as the visiting College of the Holy Cross Crusaders shut out the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 3-0, in ECAC Women's East action Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the third straight for the Crusaders, and extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1).  The Crusaders are now 12-5-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league play.  The Huskies dropped their third straight game to slip back to .500 at 9-9-1 overall and 6-4-0 in ECAC games.

            Holy Cross junior goalie Krista Manzanares (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) earned her fourth shutout of the season stopping 11 shots.

            The Crusaders took advantage of two first-period power plays to grab a 2-0 lead.  Junior Rachel Miller (Jackson, Mich.) potted her seventh goal of the season tipping a shot from classmate Francesca Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) past USM junior goaltender Liz Bergstrom (Chanhassen, Minn.) at 8:22.  Boardman scored her first goal on a nearly identical play, tipping another Panarelli drive from the blue line past Bergstrom, less than five minutes later.  Senior Kylee Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.) also picked up an assist on both goals.

            Boardman netted the only goal of the middle period when she picked off an errant clearing pass and fired a 20-foot shot that Bergstrom got a piece of, bit could not prevent from trickling over the goal line.  The two markers give Boardman four goals on the season.

            Holy Cross finished the game with a 25-11 edge in shots on goal while converting 2 of 4 power-play opportunities.  HC also killed off all three Southern Maine opportunities with the extra skater.  Bergstrom finished the game with 22 saves.

            Southern Maine hits the road next weekend traveling to Vermont to face nationally ranked Norwich University on Friday (5:30 p.m.) and Saint Michael's College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  Holy Cross returns home after playing its last four games on the road to entertain Castleton State College on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and New England College on Saturday (2:00 p.m.).