Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Holy Cross field hockey team took on its second ranked team in three days, dropping a 6-2 final to No. 14 Boston College at the Newton Campus Field Sunday afternoon. Senior team captain Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.) scored the two goals for the Crusaders, giving her three goals total against ranked teams this season.
The Eagles struck first and fast as two goals were scored on their behalf in the first five minutes of play. Callahan halved the score at the 10:36 mark of the first half, assisted by fellow team captain Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.). Boston College's Caitlin McGovern scored an additional goal with 6:16 left to make the halftime score 3-1.
The Crusaders were the first to score in the second half, as Callahan tallied her third goal of the season at 26:00 on an assist by freshman Lizzie McManus (Havertown, Pa.). Boston College scored three additional goals by Chelsey Feole, Emily Kozniuk and Taylor Turchi. Feole's goal was her second of the game, coming at the 24:33 mark. The Eagles' final score by Turchi came with four minutes left in regulation, giving them the final 6-2 decision.
"The games we have played so far give us a lot to build on," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "As a team we have really stepped up to the challenge against the opponents we've played. Our goal now is to make sure we come out strong for an entire 70 minutes. As the season continues I am confident the players will find their stride."
Holy Cross' senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) made eight saves over the game on 22 shot attempts. McManus also added a shot for the team, saved by Eagles goalie Kristine Stigas.
The Crusaders continue their September slate on Sunday, Sept. 13. The team will host Dartmouth at 2:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field. Prior to that, the team will host its Alumni Game on Saturday, Sept. 12, beginning at 11:00 a.m.