September 26, 2009

Field Hockey Tops Fairfield, 1-0, In Final Minute of Regulation

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.) knocked a tipped ball off a pass from sophomore Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.) with 1:09 left to go in the game to lift the Holy Cross field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over Fairfield Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Crusaders a 2-7 mark while Fairfield falls to 3-6.

Callahan's goal comes as her second game-winner of the season and eighth goal overall. Miers' assist comes as the first for her this season. The goal was set up off the team's lone penalty corner in the second half. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) also registered her first shut-out of the season, finishing the game with three saves.

Neither team notched a score in the first half, marking eight shots total. Junior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) led Holy Cross with two shots-on-goal and finished the game with a team-high three shots. Holy Cross also recorded two penalty corners in the top half.

Defensive intensity remained throughout most of the second half. Fairfield turned up the offense and was able to set up five penalty corners and eight shots in the half. The Holy Cross back field continued to excel and kept the Stags from tallying a score. On offense, the Crusaders registered three shots and finished the game with eight total shots, four on-goal. Fairfield ended the game with eleven shots, three on-goal.

"Our seniors really stepped it up today," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "The frustrations built up from the last few games were put at ease today. We finally reached our goal of playing the entire game with intensity and discipline."

Holy Cross will play in its second-consecutive home game on Wednesday, Sept. 30 against Bryant. Game time is slated for 4:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. This is the first contest between the two squads in program history.