EASTON, Pa. - An entire defensive team effort was the key element for the Holy Cross field hockey squad, who allowed just one goal on 26 shots to earn a Patriot League victory against Lafayette, 2-1 (3-2 stroke-off), Saturday. With the overtime triumph, Holy Cross registers a record of 3-10 (1-1 Patriot League) while Lafayette goes to 8-4 (0-2 Patriot League).
The Crusaders earned their victory by stroke-off competition, as neither team scored in the two overtime periods. In the stroke-off, Holy Cross shot four times, with three team members scoring. The eventual game-winner came from freshman Emily Allen (Lee, N.H.), who tallied her first goal in a Crusaders uniform. Lafayette made two of their four strokes, giving Holy Cross the final 2-1 win.
It was Lafayette that tallied the game's first goal, coming in the first half at 19:00.Crusader sophomore Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) sent the game into overtime when she scored with just one minute left in the second half, also picking up her first goal of the season. At the end of regulation, the Leopards had taken 13 shots while Holy Cross registered two.
In the overtime periods, Lafayette pumped up the offensive pressure, adding 13 shots and five penalty corners, finishing the game with 26 shots, 13 on-goal and 17 penalty corners. Holy Cross notched one shot in overtime and just one penalty corner overall. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J) led the stellar defensive effort, making 12 saves, second most this season. The stroke-off team of junior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.), senior Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.), fellow senior Katie Aylward (Watertown, Mass.) and Allen also stepped up for the team, all contributing to the team's third win.
"Today's win was a great team effort," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "There were key performances made by Casey in the cage and Barnes, as well as our strokers. We played with a real confidence and saw some major improvements in all aspects of our game. I am very proud of the team's accomplishments today."
The Crusaders will take their weekend road trip to New York, N.Y. next, taking on Columbia on Sunday, Oct. 11. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue.