October 24, 2009

Field Hockey Falls In Final Minutes To Lehigh, 3-2

Highlights of 2009 Senior Day

WORCESTER, Mass. - Lehigh freshman Kimberly Eng scored her third goal of the game in the final two minutes to lift her squad to a 3-2 victory over the Holy Cross field hockey team on Senior Day at the Hart Turf Field Saturday. After today's loss Holy Cross moves to an overall record of 4-12 (2-2 Patriot League) while Lehigh registers a 6-9 (2-2 Patriot League) record.

Two fast break opportunities set up Lehigh's scoring chances in the first half, giving the Mountain Hawks a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Leading Lehigh was Eng who tallied both scores. The first goal came at 11:59 as Eng tapped one in right in front of the net. The second goal came at 29:31 as senior Morgan Christopher set up a shot on the far right side, allowing Eng to score again on a long lob that hit the far left corner. Besides the two fast breaks, the Crusaders controlled the offensive tempo, earning an 8-4 shots and a 5-1 penalty corner advantage.

The Crusaders came rallying back in the second half, scoring two goals within four minutes of each other to knot the score at 2-2 with 17 minutes left to go in the game. The first goal came at 49:15 as sophomore Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.) shot in a pass from senior Katie Aylward (Watertown, Mass.) to register her third goal of the season. The assist was also Aylward's third of the season. Sophomore Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) then tallied her second goal of the season on an unassisted shot from the left side after a penalty corner set-up, tying the game.

Lehigh saw one more scoring opportunity as they picked up a penalty corner with three minutes left on the game clock. Holy Cross junior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) earned her sixth defensive save this season on the first shot from Eng off the corner set-up, but allowed Eng to rebound and shoot one in for the game-winning goal at 67:43, notching the final score at 3-2.

Leading the Crusaders in shots were senior Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.) and sophomore Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) who each picked up four shots, two on-goal to contribute to the team's 15 total shots. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Casey (New Egypt, N.J.) registered four saves, putting her over the 100-save mark on the season (102).

"Today's game was definitely a heartbreaking loss," said head coach Alicia Hawk. "We played great as a team overall and there was great determination by our seniors and everyone else, allowing us to come back the way we did. We knew scoring was going to be important and we need to continue to capitalize on all of our chances the rest of the way out."

The Crusaders will play in their final non-conference match-up on the road against Brown this Tuesday, Oct. 27.  The team played the Brown Bears in a pre-season game at home earlier this year. Tuesday's game will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Warner Roof in Providence, R.I.