Vespa Scores Twice, SLU Sweeps Holy Cross

Vespa Scores Twice, SLU Sweeps Holy Cross

Kayla Vespa continued her torrid scoring pace with her first career two-goal game on Sunday to lead the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over Holy Cross to sweep the Crusaders in the second game of a two-game set at Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton.

Vespa has a seven-game point streak and has registered multiple points for the Saints in six straight games. She has scored a goal in four straight games and leads the team with 14 points, just two shy of her career high.

Laura Cote scored her first career goal and an assist for the Saints, and Maggie McLaughlin also scored a goal for St. Lawrence. Skylar Podvey registered two assists for St. Lawrence, which improved to 3-3-2 on the season.

"It was another strong effort by our team today," said Saints' head coach Chris Wells. "It's always tougher when you play the same opponent on the second day. Holy Cross outworked us  at different times during the game. We were able to capitalize on some nice chances to keep the game out of reach. It was a good weekend for the group."

Vespa gave the Saints a 1-0 lead about halfway through the first period, picking up the pass from Jaimie Cooke in the neutral zone and skating up the right side before firing a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net.

Cote scored her first career goal after picking up the puck by the left sideboards, circling around to the high slot and sending a high hard wrister past Holy Cross goaltender Jada Brenon's blocker early in the second period.

Cote set up the Saints third goal about 10 minutes later, hustling down the right side of the ice to get to the puck and flipping it back out to the point. Podvey sent a shot into a crowd in front of the net where it was blocked by a defender, but McLaughlin was right there to swat it into the open net for her second goal of the season.

Holy Cross responded just 18 seconds later, as Mary Edmonds picked up a rebound right in front of the net and slipped it past St. Lawrence goaltender Caitlin Whitehead to trim St. Lawrence's lead to 3-1.

Vespa restored the three-goal lead with just 7:24 to play, as Anna Segedi passed the puck from the right side through the crease and Shailynn Snow redirected it to Vespa, who flipped it into a wide open net just a few seconds after a Holy Cross penalty had expired.

Whitehead made 21 saves to earn the win for St. Lawrence, while Brenon stopped 27 shots for the Crusaders, who fell to 0-5-2. The Saints had a 31-22 edge in shots on goal, including a 15-5 advantage in the third period.

The Saints will host the Korean National Team in an exhibition game back at SUNY Canton on Thursday at 8 p.m.