September 18, 2010

Field Hockey Overcome, 5-1, By New Hampshire

WORCESTER, Mass. Five goals were scored in the second half, including the first collegiate goal for freshman Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) as the Holy Cross field hockey team fell by the final score of 5-1 to New Hampshire at the Hart Turf Field Saturday. With the decision, the Crusaders go to 0-5 on the season while the Wildcats register a 6-2 record. Fellow freshman Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) made the assist in the team's lone goal, as she collected her first collegiate point.

After 10 minutes of play, New Hampshire crowded in front of the Holy Cross cage and came away with the first goal of the game from junior Hayley Rausch, assisted by Kara Connolly to lift the Wildcats up 1-0. The Crusaders stepped up the defense the rest of the way, as sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) tallied eight saves on nine shots to end the half. The Wildcats would control the offense through the first 35 minutes, going into halftime with a 10-2 shots advantage.

New Hampshire would pump up the offensive pressure in the second half, collecting two quick goals. A penalty stroke goal came first after a yellow card was called on Holy Cross at 40:46. A rebounded shot in a man-down penalty corner setup followed at 41:48, increasing the Wildcats lead to 3-0. Grimaudo then ended the Crusaders' scoring drought, notching her goal on a penalty corner opportunity, assisted by MacPhail at 48:41 to mark the score at 3-1. New Hampshire would completely pull away, however, 10 minutes later, adding goals at 58:58 and 62:57 to take the final 5-1 win from the Crusaders.

In all, the Wildcats out-shot Holy Cross 22-4. Also tallying shots for the Crusaders was senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.), junior Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.) and freshman Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). Senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) marked her first defensive save of the season as well. New Hampshire amassed a 17-2 penalty corners advantage while Sotsky ended the game with a career-high 13 saves, collecting five additional saves in the second half. Wildcat goalie Katherine Negangast picked up her fifth win of season, not having to make one save.

Holy Cross wraps up the home weekend doubleheader tomorrow, Sept. 19, when it hosts Rider in Worcester, Mass. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field.