WORCESTER, Mass. - The Maine Black Bears combined for 21 shots, 14 on-goal and had five different players score to top the Holy Cross field hockey team 5-1 on Sunday at the Hart Turf Field. With the home loss, Holy Cross registers a record of 2-9 (0-1 Patriot League) while Maine improves 9-3 (1-0 America East) on the season.
Holy Cross struck first when freshman Lizzie McManus (Havertown, Pa.) snuck behind the defenders to tap a ball in at 18:58 for her first goal in a Crusaders uniform. Maine was able to tie the game at 1-1 after sophomore Kelly Newton scored on a second chance opportunity from a penalty corner. In the half, Maine led with nine shots against Holy Cross' three.
With the score tied to begin the second half, the Black Bears upped their offense, scoring the go-ahead goal just three minutes into the second. Newton scored again for Maine at 45:52 on a penalty corner opportunity to give her team a two-goal advantage. The final two goals came at 59:15 and 62:00 from sophomore Stephanie Gardiner and junior Courtney Venoitte. Holy Cross was able to tally one shot in the half, coming from sophomore Amanda McGavick (Sudbury, Mass.).
In the game, Maine finished with a 21-4 shots advantage and amassed seven corners. Holy Cross finished with four shots, two on-goal, and tallied five corners. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) completed the game with six saves while junior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) registered two more defensive saves, leading the team with five this season.
"We knew we were facing some good competition this weekend," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "Scoring was going to be important for us and that will remain to be our focus for the games this upcoming week. Kirsten Walther (Landenburg, Pa.) and Ali Shutt (Wayne, Pa.) held great composure for us on defense and the consistency from the rest of our mid and backfield keeps improving. We will continue improve every game."
The Crusaders will travel to take on their second Patriot League opponent, Lafayette, on Saturday, Oct. 10. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex in Easton, Pa.