Field Hockey Shut Down By Dartmouth, 5-0

Lindsay MacPhail

HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth midfielder Kelly Hood's two goals and two assists were too much for Holy Cross as the Crusaders were shut out, 5-0, against Dartmouth at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to a 0-8 record on the season while the Big Green improve to 6-1. Freshman Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) was the biggest producer offensively for Holy Cross, leading the team with four shots, one on-goal.

Dartmouth snuck two shots past sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) in the first half, scoring at the 2:47 and 23:19 marks. Hood would pick up both assists as Claire Byrne notched the first goal of the game and was followed by Samantha McPherson, who caught Sotsky out of the cage, knocking the ball in. Dartmouth combined for 21 shots in the half as Sotsky stopped the ball nine times. The Crusaders collected three shots and two penalty corners in the first stanza, going into the halftime down 2-0.

The Big Green continued to put on offensive pressure in the second half, tallying three more goals on 12 additional shots. Hood finished out the scoring for Dartmouth at 54:04 and 65:54 after Maggie Scanlon put the third goal in at 42:52. The Crusaders put together five more shot attempts in the final half, but could not find the back of the cage as they were shut out for the fifth time this season, 5-0.

In all, Dartmouth held a 33-8 shots advantage. MacPhail led the Crusaders with her four shots while junior Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.), sophomore Ali Shutt (Wayne, Pa.), freshman Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied one shot each. The Big Green also held the penalty corners edge, 8-5. Sotsky finished with a total of 13 saves in the loss, tying her season-high. Dartmouth's keeper, Meagan Vakiener, made three saves in the win.

Holy Cross will open up Patriot League action next as Bucknell comes to town on Saturday, Oct. 2. The game will be held at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass., beginning at 12:00 p.m. The contest will serve as Holy Cross field hockey's first-ever "Think Pink" day as an observance of Brest Cancer Awareness Month.