Field Hockey Topped By Columbia, 5-1

Kara Gonnerman

WORCESTER, Mass. — Four Columbia players scored as host Holy Cross fell, 5-1, in non-conference field hockey action Sunday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders dip to 0-10 on the season while the Lions improve to 5-4. Crusader senior forward Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) scored her first goal of the year in the effort.

Columbia sophomore forward Gabby Kozlowski tallied the first goal of the game, scoring in the 10th minute after a scrum in front of the cage on a penalty corner. Just over two minutes later, Kozlowski capitalized on another penalty corner when she netted the rebound. Columbia senior midfielder Julia Garrison capped the first half scoring when she shot from the top of the circle after receiving a pass from the left side courtesy of sophomore midfielder Katie DeSandis in the 31st minute. Holy Cross took three shots in the half while the Lions tallied 12. At the end of the first 35 minutes, Columbia held a 3-0 advantage.

Gonnerman dented the scoring column for the Crusaders when she took a penalty stroke at 39:05, her first goal of the season. Lion freshman midfielder Anna Tichy then scored her first collegiate goal after a scramble in the circle in the 54th minute. Holy Cross pulled sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) from the net with 3:51 left in the second half, but it was Columbia's senior midfielder, Lauren Byrne, who scored at 67:18 when she faced an open net amid a scrum to round out the day's scoring.

In all, Columbia enjoyed an 18-11 advantage on shots, and took eight of the 13 penalty corners. Sotsky saw 66:09 between the pipes in the loss, making five saves. Lion sophomore goalkeeper Christie O'Hara improves to 5-4 as she made five stops. 

Holy Cross travels to Smithfield, R.I. next, when they face Bryant on Wednesday, October 6. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Bryant Turf Complex.