FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A late Fairfield goal in the second half, coming after a crucial timeout was taken by the home squad doomed the Holy Cross field hockey team, dropping a 2-1 decision against the Stags at University Field. With the conclusion, the Crusaders mark a 0-7 record on the season while the Stags tally a 5-4 record. Junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) made her first shot of the game count as she earned her second goal of the season in the second half.
The first goal of the game came at 24:14 as Fairfield's Anne Nieuwenhuis put her second shot of the day past Holy Cross goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) off a penalty corner. Amanda Sullivan would pick up the assist. The Stags controlled the offense throughout the first half, mounting seven shots, six on-goal, and three penalty corners. Sotsky made five saves in the half as the Crusaders collected two shots and two corners, finding themselves down 1-0 heading into the halftime.
Caniglia then made the first shot of the second half count as she notched her second goal of the season at 36:18, knotting the score at 1-1 on a tipped ball. Freshman Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) made the assist, her second of the season. The Crusaders stepped up the defensive front, allowing the Stags to get just one shot off until a critical timeout led to the second goal by Fairfield at 63:30. The game-winning goal came off a penalty corner, scored by Nieuwenhuis and assisted by Melanie Leo. Holy Cross would mark three more shots, two from MacPhail, and two penalty corner opportunities in the final minutes of the contest after pulling Sotsky for an additional offensive player. The Crusaders came up empty, however, falling by the final 2-1 score.
In all, Fairfield held a 9-7 shots advantage. MacPhail led the Crusaders with three shots while Caniglia finished with two shots. Holy Cross did have the penalty corners edge, earning five chances next to the Stags' four opportunities. Sotsky finished with the five saves she made in the first half. Fairfield's keeper, Caitlin O'Donnell, made three saves in the win.
Holy Cross will travel to Hanover, N.H. next for a Sunday afternoon contest against the Dartmouth Big Green. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at Chase Field on Sept. 26.