August 31, 2010
Field Hockey Prepped For 2010 Slate Starting Saturday
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
- 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
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.