Field Hockey Looks For First Road Wins

Alanna Sikorski

Overall Record: 2-10 (0-1 PL); Last Week: 0-3

Scoreboard: Bryant 1, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 9/30
American 5, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 10/3
Maine 5, Holy Cross 1, Worcester, Mass., 10/4

Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 10 at Lafayette, Easton, Pa., 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 11, at Columbia, New York, N.Y., 1:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross field hockey team plays in two back-to-back games on the road this upcoming weekend. They will compete in their second Patriot League match-up against Lafayette Saturday, Oct. 10 and then travel directly to New York to play non-conference opponent Columbia on Sunday, Oct. 11. Currently, the Crusaders hold a 0-4 road record and look to break into the win column. Road games have been a problem for the Crusaders in the last few years as the 2008 and 2007 teams posted a combined 7-11 away record.
  • On Saturday, Holy Cross plays against the Lafayette Leopards, who currently hold an 8-2 record (0-1 Patriot League). Lafayette lost their league-opener to Bucknell on Oct. 3 and has won four of five home games this season. Offense will be a huge factor for the Crusaders as defense has been Lafayette's strong point. So far they have recorded a league-high five shutouts and have allowed just eight goals for a league-high 0.98 goals-against-average. 
  • Goal-scoring was a struggle for Holy Cross this past weekend, as they were shut out in two of the three contests. They were also shut out against Dartmouth earlier this season, making three shutouts in 12 contests total. Aiding the Crusaders was freshman forward Lizzie McManus (Haverton, Pa.) who tallied her first career goal unassisted against Maine on Sunday. She now ties for fourth on the team with three points, notching a goal and an assist. She has made six shots, three on-goal in 12 contests.
  • The Crusaders round out the week with a trip to New York to take on Columbia, Sunday, Oct. 10. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Columbia Field Hockey venue in New York, N.Y.  Columbia is currently 3-5 (1-2 Ivy League) on the season. Last year, the Lions topped the Crusaders at home, 2-1 in overtime. Junior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied her third goal of the season to lead the team on the day and sending the game into overtime. It was in the 82nd minute that Columbia notched the game-winner. 
  • Defensive composure will also be a key factor for the Crusaders this week. Currently, junior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) ties for first in the league with four defensive saves, two which came this past week. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) also remains a rock in goal, ranking second in the league with 75 saves.