October 27, 2009

Field Hockey Vies For Postseason Berth

Overall Record: 4-12 (2-2 PL); Last Week: 0-1
Scoreboard: Lehigh 3, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 10/24
Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Brown, Providence, R.I., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31 at Bucknell, Lewisburg, Pa., 12:00 p.m.

  • The Crusaders finish their non-conference schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 27 against Brown before traveling to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell in a must-win Patriot League game Saturday, Oct. 31. The squad will play the Brown Bears in Providence, R.I. at the Warner Roof starting at 4:00 p.m and then hits the road to play the Bison on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Graham Field at Holmes Stadium, home to Bucknell's field hockey and women's lacrosse teams.
  • Holy Cross and Brown met in an exhibition game earlier this season at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. Since then, Brown has won four games and lost 10, including five games to conference opponents. They have currently lost their last four games and are 4-3 at home. The Crusaders are 1-5 on the road. To-date away from home, Holy Cross has scored eight goals and has made 36 shot attempts, 23 on-goal. Opponents have scored 20 goals and tallied 136 shots, 82 on-goal.
  • Last year, Brown edged Holy Cross, 3-2, in Worcester, Mass. Senior Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.) scored the final goal for the team with six minutes to-go but the squad couldn't pull off the win and fell to 4-11 on the season. The teams have met nine times since 2000, with Brown holding a 5-4 advantage.
  • Saturday's meeting with Bucknell will be a vital league match-up for the squad as they were unable to clinch a playoff berth after dropping a 3-2 decision to Lehigh this past Saturday. Currently the Crusaders' 2-2 league record puts them in a three-way tie with Lafayette and Lehigh for the third and fourth postseason bids. They take on the Bison Saturday, who are currently 3-1 in league play, having lost to American earlier in the season. Lehigh will play American this weekend while Lafayette takes on Colgate. Who makes it in to the tournament will be decided after the weekend's action concludes.
  • History repeats itself as Holy Cross plays Bucknell as its last Patriot League match-up for the second-consecutive season. Last year the Crusaders won their final home game 3-2 against the Bison in double-overtime. Juniors Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) and Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) each scored goals in the first half, but Bucknell battled back to tie the game 2-2 with 22 minutes left. Former Holy Cross player Kristin Schultz scored the game winner at 85:34.