Field Hockey Aims For Patriot League Tournament Bid

Katie Aylward

Overall Record: 4-11 (2-1 PL); Last Week: 1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 4, Colgate 2, Worcester, Mass., 10/17
Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Lehigh, Worcester, Mass. 12:00 p.m. 

  • The Crusaders, who are tied for second in the Patriot League, will host a crucial league game on Saturday, Oct. 24 when they take on Lehigh, who is currently tied for third. The game is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. With the match-up being the last home contest for Holy Cross this season, the team's five seniors, Katie Aylward (Watertown, Mass.), Kaitlyn Barnes (Honesdale, Pa.), Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.), Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) and Nora Happny (Portsmouth, N.H.) will be honored before-hand.
  • Lehigh currently holds a 1-2 record in league play and is 5-8 overall. They have scored a total of 23 goals this season, while Holy Cross has notched 21. In 13 games played, the Mountain Hawks have allowed 43 goals for a 3.31 goal-per-game average. The Crusaders have allowed 49 goals in 15 games, a 3.27 average. Lehigh is also second in the league with 106 saves made next to Holy Cross, who ranks third with 98.
  • Last year, Holy Cross scored four-consecutive goals to take what looked to be a guaranteed 4-1 win into halftime. Lehigh scrambled back, however, scoring two goals within two minutes of each other to begin the second half, tallying the score at 4-3. Defense prevailed for Holy Cross in the final 22 minutes of play and the team escaped with the 4-3 victory. The current junior class had a huge game as Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.), Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) and Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) each scored goals.
  • Sikorski collected a handful of career firsts after her hat trick performance against Colgate Saturday. She was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the first time for her offensive outburst.  Head coach Alicia Hawk played Sikorski in the forward position for the first time against the Raiders, proving to be a successful move. The last time a Crusader registered a hat trick was the during the 2006 season when Sara O'Coin tallied three goals in a 5-1 win over Yale.