October 11, 2009

Field Hockey Comes Up Short Against Columbia, 1-0

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Holy Cross senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) made nine saves on 11 shots-on-goal but couldn't prevent the Columbia Lions from earning a 1-0 home victory Saturday at the Columbia Field Hockey Venue. With the road loss, Holy Cross moves to a record of 3-11 while Columbia goes to an even 5-5 on the season.

The lone goal of the game was scored at 42:05 on an offensive attack in front of the Holy Cross cage. Columbia junior Julia Garrison, who led her team with six shots, four on-goal in the game, came up with the point for the Lions and scored the game winning goal unassisted.

Neither team was able to notch a score in the first half, as Columbia dominated the offensive end for 11 shots next to the Crusaders' lone shot-on-goal from junior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.). The Lions finished the game with a 17-2 shots advantage and each team took four penalty corners.

Casey made five saves in the first half and four in the second half, combining for nine saves in the game to provide the Crusaders with another solid defensive effort. Senior captain Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.) tallied a defensive save, her fourth this season.

"The team fought hard the entire game," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "We finished on an attack corner but unfortunately couldn't tap it alive and we had trouble finishing in the circle throughout. All things considered, I think this was our most impressive team effort yet. I give a lot of credit to our captains who are working hard and are doing a great job rallying everyone together."  

The Crusaders take on their third Patriot League opponent next Saturday, Oct. 17 as they host Colgate at the Hart Turf Field. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.