WORCESTER, Mass. — Lafayette's Meghan Cicchi notched a hat trick in the first half; finishing the game with four goals as the Holy Cross field hockey team dropped an 8-0 decision against the Leopards at the Hart Turf Field. With the defeat, the Crusaders dip to a 0-13 record on the season (0-3 Patriot League) while Lafayette moves to a record of a 6-7 overall (3-0 Patriot League). Sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, Pa.) tallied her third double-digit save game, making 11 saves in all.
The Leopards controlled the offensive momentum throughout the entire first half, collecting five goals on 14 shots. Four of the five goals came off penalty corners as Lafayette also held the corner edge 10-0. Sotsky made five saves in the half, as the Crusaders found themselves shot-less after the first 35 minutes and down 5-0.
Lafayette found the back of the cage in three more occurrences in the second half as Cara Lyons, who scored in the first half, followed with two more goals at 53:42 and 68:18 to complete the Leopards' second hat trick of the game. Cicchi's fourth goal came at 53:42 to round out the scoring for the Leopards. Senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) marked the team's only shots in the second half, but could not find the back of the cage as Holy Cross fell by the final 8-0 tally. Sikorski also played well defensively for the squad, collecting her third defensive save of the season.
In all, Lafayette held a 25-2 shots advantage. The Leopards also held the penalty corners edge, 14-2. Sotsky finished with a total of 11 saves while Lafayette's starting goalie, Kelsey Anderson made a total of one save in her sixth win.
Holy Cross will complete the weekend doubleheader with a 2:00 p.m. game against Yale, tomorrow, Oct. 17. The contest will be held on the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.