Crusaders Ready For Weekend Doubleheader
Overall Record: 0-12 (0-2 PL); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: Bryant 2, Holy Cross 1 (2OT), Smithfield, R.I., 10/6
No. 10 American 2, Holy Cross 0, Washington, D.C., 10/9
Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 16 vs. Lafayette, Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Yale, Worcester, Mass., 2:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross field hockey team will host a weekend doubleheader starting Saturday, Oct. 16 against Lafayette and continuing to Sunday, Oct. 17 with a non-league contest against Yale. Both games will be played at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. as Saturday's game will start at 12:00 p.m. and Sunday's match-up will start at 2:00 p.m.
- Saturday will serve as the team's third Patriot League contest, as the Leopards come to Worcester with an unblemished 2-0 league record, having won against Colgate and Bucknell. Lafayette is 5-6 overall on the season, picking up a 4-2 win over Bucknell the last time out. Last season, Holy Cross won, 2-1, in a stroke-off against the Leopards on the road. Junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) notched the regulation goal while sophomore Emily Allen (Lee, N.H.) was the deciding factor in stroke play, earning her first collegiate goal to give the team its 2-1 victory.
- Yale returns to the Hart Turf Field for the second straight season with a record of 6-5 overall. The Bulldogs most recently lost a 3-2 decision to the nationally ranked Boston College Eagles on Oct. 10. Yale will play against Ivy League opponent, Dartmouth, on Saturday before coming to Worcester as well. Last season, the Bulldogs took a 3-1 decision from the Crusaders at the Hart Turf Field, as former Crusader Courtney Callan notched the lone goal for the team with senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) tallying the assist.
- Senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) scored her second goal in two games in the 2-1 overtime loss against Bryant. With the goal, Gonnerman is now tied for most goals on the team (2) and also leads the team with 29 shots taken, 14 on-goal.
- Caniglia also found the back of the cage for the second time this season against Bryant. She ties Gonnerman with the most number of goals in the team and is the team leader with five total points. Caniglia is a mainstay in the lineup for Holy Cross, as she has started every game so far this season as a midfielder. With her two goals, Caniglia has also tied her career-best of goals in a season, as she also scored two goals during her sophomore campaign.
- Sikorski, who made her second defensive save of the season against Bryant, now ranks first amongst league opponents in the defensive save category. Sikorski, who has played both on the offensive and defensive sides of the field this season, has been a major player as she also leads the team in defensive saves and ranks second in shots with 22, proving her versatility.