Holy Cross remained unbeaten (8-0-1) on the year with a 2-1 victory at
Wesleyan Sun., Nov. 27. The Crusaders are now unbeaten in the last six
games in the series (5-0-1), including five straight wins, since the
last Wesleyan victory in the 2003-04 season. Wesleyan fell to 1-2 on
Holy Cross had come out firing, holding a 12-4 edge in shots in the first period, and got on the board at the 8:02 mark with a high shot from the slot that eluded the glove of Wesleyan netminder Ashleigh Corvi '13 (#35, main photo), who otherwise had an outstanding day between the pipes with 36 saves, many of them far from routine. For her effort, she was named NESCAC Player of the Week. She has posted over 30 saves in each start this season.
Down 2-0 in the third period, Wesleyan halved its deficit five minutes
in but could get no closer. Jordan Schildhaus '15 (#19, photo insert upper left) took
the puck in the neutral zone, beat a Crusader defenseman and sent a
shot over the left shoulder of the Crusader keeper for her third goal,
moving her into a tie for the team lead in that category.
Holy Cross had extended its advantage to 2-0 with a second-period power-play tally as a slap shot from the left circle through traffic sailed over Corvi's left shoulder and into the net at 17:21. Holy Cross had a 36-20 edge in shots on the afternoon.
Wesleyan hit the ice again on Friday, Dec. 2, hosting Amherst in the first of two NESCAC battles with the Lord Jeffs over the weekend. Amherst outshot the Cardinals, 48-15, and rolled to an 8-0 decision. Corvi logged 40 stops, 11 in the first period as the Cardinals trailed, 2-0, after 20 minutes of play. Amherst lit the lamp three times in each of the final two periods to secure the victory. Two of Amherst eight goals came with an extra skater as the Lord Jeffs converted on two of three power-play chances.
The teams completed their two-game NESCAC series Sat., Dec. 3, and Amherst again prevailed in a shutout, 4-0. Corvi upped her save level to 45 as the Lord Jeffs held a 49-13 shot margin. Amherst moved out to a 2-0 lead in the opening period once again, made it 4-0 in the second stanza but Corvi shut the door with 16 stops in the final 20 minutes.
Ahead for the team is an away-and-home series with Sacred Heart Fri. and Sat., Dec. 9 and 10, beginning on the road and finishing up in Middletown.