Crusaders On The Road For Two Games This Week

Megan Bourne

Overall Record: 0-10 (0-1 PL); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: Bucknell 2, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 10/2
Columbia 5, Holy Cross 1, Worcester, Mass., 10/3
Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Bryant, Smithfield, R.I., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9 at American, Washington, D.C., 11:00 a.m.

  • The Holy Cross field hockey team will be on the road for two games this week. The team travels to Smithfield, R.I. to play Bryant first, playing under the lights for the first time this season as game time is set for 7:00 p.m. The contest will be played at the Bryant Turf Complex on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The Crusaders will then play Patriot League foe American in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 9. Game time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Jacobs Field. 
  • On Wednesday, the Crusaders will face a 2-9 Bryant team, who most recently topped Temple 2-1 on Sunday, Oct. 3. The game serves as the Bulldogs' home opener and will be the first night game for both teams as well. The two teams faced off for the first time ever last season, as Holy Cross dropped a 1-0 decision at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. Bryant has played five common opponents so far, including New Hampshire, Dartmouth, Harvard, Brown and Colgate. They topped Patriot League opponent Colgate, 2-1, for their first win of the season.
  • The team will then take its longest trip of the season to Washington, D.C. for an 11:00 a.m. contest with its second league opponent, American, on Sunday. The Eagles are having an outstanding year, as they currently rank No. 14 in the nation. On Sunday, Oct. 3, American topped the No. 4 team in the country, Princeton, 3-2 to highlight its 9-2 season.  American is also 1-0 in the league, winning 9-0 against Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Crusaders have not tallied a win against the Eagles since the 2002 Patriot League Tournament. On Nov. 8, 2002, Holy Cross topped American, 1-0, in the first round to bounce the Eagles from the tournament.
  • Senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) broke into the points column after the weekend, as she notched her first goal of the season in the 5-1 loss against Columbia on Oct. 3. She scored the goal on a penalty stroke, marking the first time Holy Cross has had a penalty stroke opportunity. Gonnerman now has 15 goals in her careers and 35 career points. She leads the squad with 24 shots taken, including a team-high seven shots made against the Lions.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) is continuing to tally solid numbers in the cage for her team as she currently ranks in a tie for second in league standings in saves and saves per game. She has collected 62 saves thus far; an average of 6.2 saves per game. Sotsky also owns a 3.80 goals against average and a .626 save percentage.