Women’s Hockey Stuns #5 Northeastern in Historic First Hockey East Win
Allyson Noenickx ’19
On Friday Nov. 30, the Holy Cross Women’s Ice Hockey team stunned No. 5 Northeastern in a historic 5-3 victory, marking the team’s first win of the season, first Hockey East win in program history, and first upset of a top-five nationally ranked team. Rachel Moore ’20, a transfer student from No. 4 Boston College, led the Crusaders in scoring, netting two critical goals. Freshman goaltender Jada Brenon made 34 saves on the night.
Holy Cross got off to a slow start, falling behind Northeastern 2-0 after one period of play. The Crusaders came back with two unanswered goals from Carlie Magier ’22 and Amanda Kewer ’19 in the second, a period that has historically given Holy Cross the most trouble this season. Moore put the Crusaders ahead 3-2 in the third with her first collegiate goal, scoring just twenty-five seconds into the period. Maeve Reilly ’19 then extended the lead to two with a powerplay goal. Northeastern managed to cut the lead to one with nine minutes left to play but Holy Cross maintained the momentum, sealing the win with a second goal from Moore minutes later.
The Crusaders’ benefitted from a strong net-front presence, producing five goals off of only seventeen shots––many of which came from second-chance rebound opportunities. Northeastern outshot Holy Cross by over two to one, netting three goals off of thirty-seven shots.
Senior forward Julie Mathis earned Hockey East Player of the Week honors in part for her performance in the historic 5-3 win over Northeastern. Mathias ’19 recorded four assists in the game, including one on the eventual winning goal, marking a new career high. The award also marks the first time that the Crusaders have been recognized by Hockey East.
In a season where Holy Cross has struggled to stay out of the penalty box, the Crusaders also saw a season-low two penalties. At the other end of the ice Holy Cross capitalized on two of their three power plays with goals from Magier and Reilly.
A stunned Northeastern associate head coach, Nick Carpenito, commented after the game, “Any team in this league can beat anybody on any given night, so if you don’t show up for 60 minutes it’s not going to work out for you.”
The upset also marked Northeastern’s first loss of the season. The Huskies, now 12-1-2 in conference play, still top the Hockey East standings and lead the league in almost every category. Northeastern has proven themselves to be a powerhouse program in recent years, recruiting top talent from around the world. Holy Cross’ five goals were especially impressive as Brittany Bugalski ’19, one of the top goalies in the nation who has represented the U.S. at the national level, minded the net.
Just two days after their exhilarating win, the Crusaders travelled to Matthews Arena to take on the Huskies again. This time Holy Cross was unable to generate scoring chances, dropping the game to the Huskies in a 3-0 shutout. This marked Northeastern’s second win against Holy Cross this season, the first one coming in a 6-1 blowout in early November.
The Crusaders will close out 2018 with a matchup at No. 8 Providence College tonight.