FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Holy Cross field hockey team had trouble finding the back of the cage once again, marking an 11-8 shots advantage against Sacred Heart, but falling by the final score of 2-0 to the Pioneers at Campus Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-4 on the season while the Pioneers tally a 1-5 record. Senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) led the team with five shots, four coming on-goal.
The first goal of the game came at the 19:21 mark, as Sacred Heart's Karly Duven knocked a shot in after stealing the ball outside the circle and dribbling it past sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.). Holy Cross controlled the ball throughout most of the first half, however, going into the locker room with a 7-3 edge in shots taken. The Crusaders also held the penalty corners advantage, 4-3.
Defense held strong throughout most of the second half until the Pioneers found the back of the cage once again, as Stephanie Fazio worked her way threw a crowd in front of Sotsky, putting her team up 2-0 at 65:51. Both teams put together an even offensive effort, tallying five shots apiece in the final half. It was Sacred Heart that came away victorious, however, as Holy Cross was unable to score for the third straight game.
In all, Holy Cross held a 12-8 shots advantage with seven shots on-goal. Also making shots for the team was senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) with three shots, sophomore Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) with two shots, and junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) and senior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) with one shot each.
The Crusaders also held the penalty corners edge, earning 10 chances next to the Pioneers' seven opportunities. Sotsky made two saves in the loss on seven shots on-goal. Sacred Heart's keeper, Kim Stow, made seven saves in the winning effort.
Holy Cross will take the week to practice and prepare for a weekend doubleheader in Worcester, Mass. On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Crusaders will host New Hampshire at 1:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field before hosting Rider on Sunday, Sept. 19.