HAMDEN, Conn. - The Holy Cross field hockey team shot a total of 22 times but came up short on time as it fell to the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 3-1, at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey/Lacrosse Field Thursday afternoon. The Crusaders now hold a 1-7 record as Quinnipiac picks up its first win on the season, moving to 1-5.
Highlighting the game for Holy Cross was senior Nora Happny (Portsmouth, N.H.) who tallied her first goal in a Crusaders uniform. Her score was also the first shot for her this season and the 10th of her career. Also marking season-highs were junior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.), who tallied eight shots, five on-goal and sophomore Amanda McGavick (Sudbury, Mass.) who tallied six shots, three on-goal, also a career-high.
Quinnipiac put itself out front early as they scored twice at 15:55 and 18:35. The first goal came from Kimberly Cunniff, assisted by Cassie Adams. Cunniff finished the game with a team-high five shots taken. The second goal was scored by Liz Marina, assisted by Christine Grady. Marina put her second goal through just as the half was about to expire (29:27) assisted by Mackenzie Liptak.
With the Bobcats up by a score of 3-0 starting the second half, the Crusaders turned on the offensive pressure and were able to put a point on the board at 56:16, coming from Happny, unassisted. Time ran out on the Crusaders' come back, however, and the game ended with the final 3-1 score. In the game, Holy Cross shot 22 times with 12 shots-on-goal next to Quinnipiac's 14 shots, nine on-goal. Holy Cross also won the penalty corners battle 14-6.
"We had many opportunities in this game," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "We just weren't able to finish. We need to maintain discipline on defense and work hard on it for this weekend's game."
Holy Cross returns home for a match-up with Fairfield on Saturday, Sept. 26. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.