Field Hockey Drops 2-1 Heartbreaker To Bryant In Double Overtime

Jamie Caniglia

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) notched her second goal in two games to send the Holy Cross field hockey team into its first overtime contest against Bryant, but could not hold on, falling 2-1 to the Bulldogs at the Bryant Turf Complex. With the loss, the Crusaders sink to a 0-11 record on the season while Bryant improves to 3-9. Gonnerman led the team with three shots taken as well.

Bryant went up 1-0 early, tallying the first goal of the game at 6:51 from Elise Boissoneau, unassisted. Both teams went scoreless through the rest of the half, as Holy Cross marked two shots while Bryant had six. Sophomore net minder Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) made two saves in the half as well.

The score remained 1-0 until Gonnerman found the back of the cage on a direct shot off a penalty corner at 68:33 as Holy Cross pulled Sotsky to gain an extra offensive player. Junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) picked up the assist, her first of the season. With the goal, Holy Cross and Bryant headed into overtime locked 1-1.

Neither team found a way to score in the first overtime period, as the Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders, 3-1. Bryant collected one shot in the second overtime period before putting the final shot of the game past Sotsky at 85:41, as Katherine Andrusin notched the game-winner off her own rebound. With the goal, the Bulldogs came away with the 2-1 double overtime victory.

In all, Bryant held a 17-8 shots advantage. Five Crusaders tallied shots, including two shots from senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.). The Bulldogs also held the penalty corners edge, 8-6. Sotsky finished with a total of seven saves in the loss, five coming in the second half. Bryant's keeper, Jennifer Gullotti, made three saves in the win.

Holy Cross will continue Patriot League action next, traveling to the tenth-ranked American Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 9. The game will be held at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C., starting at 11:00 a.m.