Field Hockey Defeated 6-1 By Harvard In Season Opener

Jamie Caniglia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Five different Crimson players tallied goals as the Holy Cross field hockey team dropped a 6-1 decision against Harvard on Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday afternoon. With the losing decision, the Crusaders open up the 2010 slate with a 0-1 record while Harvard earns its first victory of the season, also playing in its season opener, and marking a 1-0 record. Junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) marked Holy Cross' first goal of the season in the first half.

Harvard struck first, scoring off a corner opportunity at 4:01. Crimson freshman Carly McNeill gave her team the 1-0 lead after deflecting a ball into the net on a penalty corner. She was assisted by senior Chloe Keating. Holy Cross then knotted the score, 1-1, at 13:13 as Caniglia snuck a shot past Crimson goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos two yards in front of the net. Caniglia was assisted by freshman Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), earning her first points in a Crusaders uniform. Harvard made five more shot attempts, but was unable to get past sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.), making her first collegiate appearance in the cage. The score remained tied, 1-1, as the Crimson out-shot the Crusaders 11-6 to round out the half.

Harvard went up, 2-1, 15 minutes into the second half as Keating scored on a penalty corner, making a hard shot into the right corner of the cage. She was assisted by sophomore Katelin Wahl. The Crimson then took a 3-1 lead at 51:02 as Wahl notched her own goal, shooting the ball over the head of Sotsky off freshman Mariah Pewarski's assist. The home team continued to pull away, as Harvard tallied three additional goals in a span of six minutes. Goal number four came at 60:45 and was followed by goals at 63:39 and 66:04. Two of the three goals were scored by sophomore Emma Keller. Holy Cross was unable to score again, collecting nine shots in the second half. After 70 minutes of play, the Crusaders fell by the final score of 6-1.

In all, Holy Cross marked 15 shots, including a team-high six shots by senior captain Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.). Harvard finished with 21 shots. The Crusaders also collected six penalty corner opportunities next to the Crimson's eight. Sotksy made nine saves out of Harvard's 15 shots on-goal in her debut as Tassapoulos made two saves on the Crusaders' three shots on-goal.

Holy Cross plays again tomorrow, Sept. 5 against No. 9 Boston College in the home opener at Hart Turf Field. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. against the Eagles in Worcester, Mass.