Field Hockey Prepped For 2010 Slate Starting Saturday

Amanda McGavick

Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 4 at Harvard, Cambridge, Mass., 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 vs. Boston College, Worcester, Mass., 1:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross field hockey team jump starts its 2010 campaign with two games this upcoming weekend. The Crusaders begin their season away on Saturday, Sept. 4 against the Harvard Crimson, who also opens their season that day. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson took a 4-1 victory away from Holy Cross at home last season as senior captain Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) scored off a corner in the second half for the lone goal. Harvard has been an annual competitor on the Crusaders' schedule since the 2005 season and has won four of those five meetings.
  • On Sunday, Sept. 5, the team hosts Boston College in the season home opener. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. Boston College comes to town ranked No. 9 in the 2010 Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll and won last year's meeting 6-2 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Departed senior Courtney Callahan scored both goals for the squad as sophomore Lizzie McManus (Havertown, Pa.) notched her first collegiate assist.
  • The Crusaders return 14 letterwinners, including six starters, from last year's squad and welcome six newcomers. Sikorski was named team captain while fellow seniors Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) and Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) will serve as vice captains.  Sikorski started in 17 games last season, scoring five goals and notching two assists for 12 points. She ranked second on the squad in goals, assists and points. Gonnerman appeared in all 18 games, making 16 starts and finished the season with two goals and two assists for six points, ranking in the top five on the team in points. Rush started in all 18 games and led the team with six defensive saves. She also ranked second on the team with 36 interceptions and third with 30 tackles.
  • Junior Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.) will also add to Sikorski and Gonnerman's offensive front as she scored three goals and marked an assist last season for seven points. Sikorksi, Gonnerman and Miers collected 25 of the team's 66 points last season. Junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) also comes back to the offensive side, mirroring Gonnerman's two goals and two assists last season.
  • The 2010 Crusaders will be coached by first-year head coach Zowie Tucker and her assistant, Katie White. Tucker joins the Holy Cross community after spending nine seasons on the coaching staff at Northeastern University, including four years as the associate head coach. She worked extensively with the team's defensive unit and goalies during her time with the Huskies, as the team posted a 120-74 record with 52 shutouts over her nine years. White spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Albany and was a standout player at the field hockey powerhouse, New Hampshire.