October 13, 2009

Field Hockey Looks To Continue Patriot League Winning Streak

Overall Record: 3-11 (1-1 PL); Last Week: 1-1
Scoreboard, Holy Cross 2, Lafayette 1 (stroke-off), Easton, Pa., 10/10
Columbia 1, Holy Cross 0, New York, N.Y., 10/11

Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Colgate, Worcester, Mass. 12:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross field hockey team plays in one league match-up coming up this weekend. The squad plays host to Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field. Colgate is currently winless in league play, having lost against American, 5-1, this past weekend to drop to 0-2. Patriot League standings are wide open this year as two teams stand at 2-0, 1-1 and 0-2. Holy Cross ranks fourth in the league after its victory against Lafayette this past Saturday.
  • The Crusaders have won five of the past eight meetings against Colgate. Last year, Colgate topped the Crusaders 4-3 in Hamilton, N.Y. Holy Cross went ahead 3-1 but the Raiders scored three unanswered goals to earn the home win. Junior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) scored two of the three goals for her team. In 14 games this season, Gonnerman ties for second on the team with two goals and an assist for five points. 
  • Finishing in the circle has been the biggest problem for the Crusaders through their 14 games. As a whole, the team has scored 17 goals next to opponents' 47. They average just 7.9 shots per-game and have totaled 111 shots in all. Holy Cross' 14 opponents are averaging 3.36 goals-per-game, have combined for 251 shots with 158 of them coming on-goal. Lehigh comes to the Hart Turf Field with 20 goals scored, 162 shots total and an average of 14.7 shots-per-game. They rank second in the Patriot League in shots and shots-per-game.
  • Defensive composure remains a strong suit for Holy Cross this season as the team allowed just two goals scored in 24 shots-on-goal attempts this past weekend. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) made 21 total saves and totals 96 saves on the season. She is already 70 saves ahead of her career total. Senior team captain Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.) has also proved her backfield skills as she recorded her fourth defensive save this weekend. Currently, Barnes, along with junior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) rank second in the Patriot League with their four defensive saves. They also rank ninth in the nation.