LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — The Holy Cross field hockey team tallied five more shots against Siena but could not find the back of the cage, eventually dropping a 1-0 decision to the Saints at the Siena Turf Field Thursday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 on the season while the Saints tally a 1-3 record. Seniors Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) and Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) tied for the team-high, making four shots each.
The Crusaders set the tone early, winning the shot contest in the first half, 6-2. Both teams went in to the half in a dead tie, however, with no goals getting through. The only goal of the game came late in the second half, as Siena's Michaela Sullivan scored on a rebounded ball at 61:23. The goal came unassisted as Siena went up 1-0. Holy Cross would outshoot Siena again in the second half, 6-5, but came up scoreless as the Saints earned their first win of the season, 1-0.
In all, Holy Cross took a 12-7 shots advantage, also tallying six shots on-goal. Also tallying shots for the team were freshmen Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), who marked two shots, one on-goal, Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) and Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).
The Crusaders also held the penalty corners edge, earning 10 chances next to the Saints' three opportunities. Sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) made three saves in the loss on four shots on- goal. Siena's keeper, Beth Myers, made six saves in the winning effort.
Holy Cross will return to road action on Sunday, Sept. 12, as they travel to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart in a regional contest. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. on Campus Field.