WORCESTER, Mass. – A second half offensive spurt and pressure defense by Bucknell proved to be too much for the Holy Cross field hockey team, as it dropped a 2-0 decision to the Bison in the Patriot League season opener at the Hart Turf Field. With the decision, Holy Cross goes to 0-9 (0-1 Patriot League) while Bucknell records a 4-6 overall record (1-0 Patriot League).
Neither team found the back of the cage in the first half as a total of five shots were taken in the first 35 minutes of play. The Crusaders went into the halftime with two shots while Bucknell had three. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky (Wayne,N.J.) notched one save in the half as well.
Bucknell picked up its offense and defense in the second half as they mounted a 5-1 shots ratio. The Bison struck first at 57:27 on a penalty corner setup as Christine Weiss shot the ball from the top center of the circle, assisted by Corinne Raczek and Katie Durkin. The second goal came six minutes later, at 61:58, as Kelly Bruvik nailed a shot past Sotsky from a right side pass in the circle, assisted by Hannah Jones. Holy Cross would be able to get its lone shot of the second half off after they pulled Sotsky from the cage at the 8:00 mark, but came up empty in the goals category, falling by the final 2-0 score.
In all, Bucknell finished with an 8-3 shots advantage. Collecting shots for Holy Cross was freshman Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) and Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner,N.J.). The Bison also marked seven penalty corner opportunities next to the Crusaders' four attempts. Sotsky finished the game with three saves while Bucknell's keeper, Sarah Zargarpour, earned the win with zero saves made.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, Oct. 3, against Columbia. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.