DURHAM, N.H. - In just the sixth game this season, Holy Cross senior Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.) registered her fifth and sixth goals, a career-high, as New Hampshire beat out the Holy Cross field hockey team by the final 5-2 score at Cowell Stadium Saturday afternoon. Holy Cross now holds a 1-5 record while New Hampshire improves to 4-2.
Callahan's first goal was also the first shot of the game for the Crusaders, coming at the 4:28 mark unassisted. The Wildcats went on to control the ball, shooting 10 times next to Holy Cross' one shot in the first half. New Hampshire finally tallied a goal at 21:16 as Leah Boody scored for the first time this season, tying the score at 1-1. Boody scored again for her second goal two minutes later at 23:19, assisted by Meg Shea. Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) totaled three saves in the half.
The Wildcats scored their third goal two minutes into the second half on a sweeping backhand shot from Kate Collins Smyth, unassisted. Callahan marked her sixth goal of the season at 42:53 on a shot past the charging New Hampshire goalkeeper, assisted by junior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.), her first assist this season. New Hampshire went on to score two more goals at the 48:23 and 65:06 marks, registering the final score at 5-2. Casey finished the game with six saves on 11 shots-on-goal, almost doubling her 26 career saves with 46 so far this season.
"We're proud of the team today," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "They played with great intensity and continue to improve."
Holy Cross plays again tomorrow, Sept. 20, at home against Yale. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.