Alexis Crossley Scores First NCAA Goal in 4-1 Win over Colgate

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIOctober 25, 2012

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Athletics
Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Athletics

Despite an early lead by the Colgate Raiders, the squad from Hamilton, N.Y. found themselves overwhelmed by the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Oct. 6 match found Jocelyn Simpson open the scoring for the rebuilding Raiders at the 8:05 mark.

With 3:03 left in the opening frame, Sara Carlson evened the score, with assists going to Jonna Curtis and Jess Ryan. The second period saw Curtis continue to contribute, as she gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at the 9:14 mark.

Entering the third period, Colgate did not have one penalty called against them. Despite a 2-0 deficit, the Raiders slowly collapsed as they were called for three penalties. With Colgate on the power play early in the third period, Jenna Klynstra was called for holding, neutralizing the power play.

Penalties to Aimee DeBella (11:28 for checking) and Brittany Phillips (12:41 for slashing) led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Wildcats. It led to Alexis Crossley capitalizing on the power play, as she logged the first goal of her NCAA career. Assisted by Kristine Horn & Kristina Lavoie, her first goal was scored at the 12:54 mark.

With 1:10 left in the game, Kristina Lavoie scored an empty-net goal.

Four different Wildcats logged goals in the win. Curtis, Carlson and Horn were all plus-2 in the win. 

Despite six penalties for New Hampshire—including four in the final frame—its penalty kill unit was exceptionally strong. Jonna Curtis led all scorers with two points as Vilma Vaattovaara needed only 12 saves in two periods of play to log the win, as Moe Bradley stood between the pipes in the first stanza.

New Hampshire outshot Colgate by a 36-21 mark, as Colgate’s Susan Allen made 32 saves in a valiant effort.