October 3, 2009

Field Hockey Falls In First Patriot League Match-Up, 5-0, Against American

WORCESTER, Mass. - American scored five times from five different players to take a 5-0 road victory against the Holy Cross field hockey team at the Hart Turf Field Saturday. With the loss, the Crusaders move to a 2-9 (0-1 Patriot League) mark while American now holds an even 5-5 (1-0 Patriot League) record on the season.

The first goal of the game came at 27:05 on a shot by junior Christine Fingerhuth from a far right side pass by sophomore Melissa Casale. The second goal came with four minutes to go in the first from senior Emily Stovicek, assisted by Shay Smith. In the half, American tallied seven shots next to Holy Cross' lone shot from Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.), coming off a penalty corner.

American tallied three additional goals in the second half, two which were scored on balls lobbed into the air. The third goal, came as the only unassisted tally by American junior Kirstin Gebhart. In the game, the Eagles out-shot Holy Cross 15-2, also taking the 5-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) tallied a solid defensive performance, tallying seven saves on 14 shots-on-goal. Three players, junior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.), sophomore Kirsten Walther (Landenburg, Pa.) and senior Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.) also registered defensive saves, a team-high this season.

Holy Cross will finish its four-game home-stand against Maine tomorrow, Oct. 4. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.