Holy Cross Field Hockey Downed, 5-0, By Rider

Kelly Sotsky

WORCESTER, Mass. - Four different Rider field hockey players scored in the 5-0 victory over Holy Cross on a sun-soaked Sunday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, Holy Cross dips to 0-6 while Rider improves to 4-3. Crusader net-minder, sophomore Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) stopped five shots in the contest.

Junior Megan Pisani began the scoring for Rider in the third minute when she received a pass from junior Virginia Egusquiza and took the shot inside the circle from the right side. Freshman Alicia Govannicci was the next Bronc to see the back of the cage at 10:50 on a dish from Egusquiza after a scramble in front of the net. Rider freshman Sandra Penas then scored on a shot from the left side with an assist by Govannicci at 20:30. Less than 13 minutes later, Penas scored her second goal of the contest off a breakaway to complete the first half markers. The Crusaders went into the halftime at a 8-1 shots disadvantage, down 4-0.

Egusquiza netted the lone goal of the second half at 43:47 when Pisani served up the ball following a cluster in front of the cage. In all, the Broncs out-shot the Crusaders 16-1 and had a 7-0 edge on penalty corners.

Sotsky finished the contest with five saves, dropping to 0-6 on the season. Rider goalkeeper Rebecca Lotito (1-1) did not have to make a save in her first win of the 2010 campaign.

Holy Cross field hockey returns to action on Sept. 24, traveling to Fairfield for a Friday afternoon match up. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at the Stags' home turf, University Field, in Fairfield, Conn.