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Vespa Leads SLU Ladies Past Holy Cross

Senior Kayla Vespa registered one goal and two assists to extend her point streak to six straight games to lift the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 5-1 win over Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at the Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton.

First-year defender Sophie Holden scored her second goal of the season through a screen to put the Saints up 1-0. The power play goal was a wrist shot from the blue line midway through the first period. Junior Steph Keryluk and Vespa assisted the goal. The same trio led the Saints to a 2-0 lead on the Saints' second power play. Vespa scored her fourth goal of the season with a toe drag to get around a defender, then got a shot through Holy Cross goaltender Julia Pelletier that trickled over the goal line.

"To be able to get the two power play goals certainly kept the game in our control," said Saints' head coach Chris Wells '92. "I've been happy with the power play, it's been one of the things that's been working for us this year."

"I think we're starting to come together as a team and we're starting to make a few more passes and make a few more plays," Wells added. "Kids are starting to get comfortable in their roles, so I think just starting to mature as a team a little bit over this first month has been a big part of what we saw here today. The team worked really hard this week in practice focusing on the areas where we played well today and I think that was a big part of our success."

Senior Kalie Grant gave the Saints a 3-0 lead with her first goal of the season early in the third off a rebound. Holy Cross responded just three minutes later with a rebound shot by Sommer Ross, putting the Crusaders on the board.

Jacquie Diffley sent a shot through Pelletier's five-hole off a pass from Vespa to put the Saints up 4-1 with just over eight minutes remaining in the third. The Saints increased their lead to 5-1 after junior Jessica Poirier scored her first of the season with a tip in front of Pelletier on a pass by Keryluk.

First-year goaltender Lucy Morgan made 18 saves for her first career win for the Saints. Pelletier stopped 39 shots for Holy Cross.

The Saints improved to 2-3-2 after the win, while the Crusaders fell to 0-4-2.

St. Lawrence and Holy Cross will face off again on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton.


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