October 17, 2009

Field Hockey Rallies Past Colgate, 4-2

Postgame Highlight With Alanna Sikorski

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) broke out for the first hat trick of her career to lead her team to a 4-2 victory over Colgate at the Hart Turf Field Saturday. With the win, Holy Cross moves to a record of 4-11 (2-1 Patriot League) while Colgate collects a 1-13 (0-3 Patriot League) record.

The Crusaders made all three of their shots in the first half count as they tallied three unanswered goals to go into halftime with a 3-1 lead. Colgate freshman Courtney Burke scored the game's first goal at 18:54, assisted by junior Laura Denenga. Just over 30 seconds later Sikorski tallied her first goal on a corner set-up. Sikorski followed suit at 33:34 on another corner set-up, this time assisted by seniors Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.) and Katie Aylward (Watertown, Mass.). Finishing the scoring highlights in the half was the second goal of the season for sophomore Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.), coming at 34:44 and assisted by senior Nora Happny (Portsmouth, N.H.). In the half, each team registered three shots, while Holy Cross took two penalty corners while the Raiders had one.

The Holy Cross offense continued to stay hot as it collected eight more shots in the second half to finish with an 11-5 shots advantage overall. After an illegal defensive move, Colgate was able to mark their second goal on a penalty stoke by senior Katelyn Nerbonne, her sixth this season. One minute later, Sikorski notched her hat trick unassisted for the second time in the game. Her final goal sealed the win for the Crusaders, who also tallied seven corner opportunities in the half to finish with a 9-3 corners advantage.

Leading the Crusaders on defense was Barnes, who tallied her fifth defensive save this season, coming in the first half. Barnes' assist was also her third this season to lead the team.

"This was, most importantly, an entire team effort today," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "Our defense remained strong the entire game and we saw the hard efforts that we were putting in at practice alive on the field today. We are really coming together as a team when it matters most."

The Crusaders continue Patriot League action at home next Saturday, Oct. 24. The team will play host to Lehigh in a 12:00 p.m. match-up at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.