WASHINGTON, D.C. — American's Christine Fingerhuth tallied two goals in the second half as the Holy Cross field hockey team fell, 2-0, against No. 10 American at Jacobs Field. With the loss, the Crusaders gather a 0-12 record on the season (0-2 Patriot League) while American picks up a 10-2 overall record (2-0 Patriot League). Sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) made five saves in the game.
Holy Cross started the game with defensive intensity, not allowing an Eagle to score in the first 35 minutes of play as American made seven shots. Sotsky collected one save in the half as the Crusaders went into the locker room tied, 0-0. A total of eight shots were made in the first stanza and Eagle net minder Hannah Weitzman made one save as well.
American found its offensive stride in the second half, marking the first goal of the game at 53:55 as Fingerhuth scored on a penalty stroke. Fingerhuth found the back of the cage just under four minutes later, making a diving shot at 57:39 to put the Eagles up 2-0. Holy Cross would get two shots off in the half, with neither finding a way inside the cage. With the result, American won by the final tally of 2-0.
In all, American held a 19-3 shots advantage. Seniors Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) and Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) tallied the shots for the Crusaders as Gonnerman marked a team-high two shots, one on-goal. The Eagles also held the penalty corners edge, 8-3. Sotsky finished with a total of five save while Weitzman made a total of two saves in the win.
Holy Cross will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 16. The Crusaders will play host to Lafayette in their third league bout. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.