Crusaders Prepare For Patriot League Contest This Week

Rush & Sotsky

Overall Record: 0-14 (0-3 PL); Last Week: 0-2
Scoreboard: Lafayette 8, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 10/16
Yale 2, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 10/17
Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 23 at Colgate, Hamilton, N.Y., 11:00 a.m.

  • The Holy Cross field hockey team will play in one Patriot League contest this week, traveling to Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 23. The contest, held in Hamilton, N.Y., will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Tyler's Field.
  • Saturday will serve as the team's fourth Patriot League contest, as Colgate is looking to even their 1-2 Patriot League record. Holy Cross and Lehigh sit at the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 league record. The Raiders most recently lost American, 6-1, and are 1-4 in their last five contests. Holy Cross aims for their first win on the road as Colgate is 3-4 at home on the season.
  • Last season, the Crusaders put up four goals on the Raiders, winning 4-2 at the Hart Turf Field. Senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) had three goals in the game, while junior Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.) tallied the last score. Since 2000, Holy Cross has won three of the five meetings at Tyler's Field in Hamilton.
  • On Sunday, the Holy Cross field hockey team honored the three members of the 2010 senior class. Sikorski, Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) and Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) were joined by their parents and the Holy Cross athletic department in celebration of their accomplishments.
  • As a class, the three seniors have compiled 17 wins, including six Patriot League victories since coming to Holy Cross in 2007. To date, the class has combined for a total of 165 appearances, 27 goals, 13 assists and nine defensive saves. The 2009 team registered a Holy Cross record of 16 defensive saves while the 2007 squad holds a record with seven goals in a single game. In all, this year's senior class has made 162 starts. Academically, the 2007 and 2009 Crusader field hockey squads were one of nine Holy Cross athletic teams to have achieved a perfect score of 1,000 in the NCAA's academic performance standard, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) multiple years in a row.
  • Gonnerman has made 62 starts in 69 appearances. In her four-year career, she has recorded 16 goals and five assists. She led the team in scoring as a freshman and ranked second on the team in both points and goals scored as a sophomore. Last season, Gonnerman totaled 27 shots, third most on the team, including 17 shots on goal.
  • Rush was named the team's Most Improved Player two years in a row. She has started in 47 games and has made 57 appearances. In her four year career, she has tallied one goal and six defensive saves. She recorded a team and career-best six defensive saves last season, ranking first amongst Patriot League opponents. Breezy has also started every game dating back to September 5, 2008.
  • Sikorski has made 59 starts in 69 career appearances. In her four year career, she's recorded 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points. She has also recorded five defensives saves, leading the team with four defensive saves so far this season. As a sophomore, she led the team in assists and ranked third in points. Last season, she ranked second on the team in goals, points and assists and tallied a team-high 37 shots. She earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 17, 2009 after recording her first career hat-trick against Colgate, the first hat trick by a Crusader since Sara Coin did so in 2006.