Holy Cross Field Hockey Drops Home Opener To Harvard, 4-1

Alanna Sikorski

Worcester, Mass. - Harvard's Chloe Keating scored twice and assisted on another goal as the Crimson defeated the Holy Cross field hockey team 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2 on the season, and Harvard improves to 1-0.

Keating scored her first goal 11:48 into the game. Teammate Carly Dickson took a shot from the top of the circle, and Keating deflected the ball into the cage behind Holy Cross senior goaltender Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.). Harvard struck again almost nine minutes later when Emma Keller received a feed from Keating in the middle and shot it into the lower right hand corner of the cage. The Crimson extended their lead to 3-0 in the 26th minute when Allie Kimmel scored and Dickson picked up the assist.

Holy Cross broke through before halftime on a penalty corner. Sophomore Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) sent a pass into the middle off the corner that was stopped and set up by senior Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.). Junior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) connected on the shot, cutting Harvard's lead to 3-1.

The Crimson added an insurance goal late in the second half. Keating connected on her second tally of the game at the 63:05 mark when she found the ball on her stick out of a scrum and sent it past Casey.

Harvard outshot Holy Cross 12-8. Casey finished the game with four saves for Holy Cross, while Harvard goaltender Cynthia Tassopoulos stopped one shot.

The Crusaders return to action Sunday, Sept. 6 when they travel to Boston College. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.