Field Hockey Endures 1-0 Loss Versus Colgate In Crucial League Contest

Jamie Caniglia

HAMILTON, N.Y. — A late goal with just 12 minutes and 42 seconds left to go in the second half doomed the Holy Cross field hockey team as it fell, 1-0, against Patriot League opponent Colgate at Tyler's Field. With the decision, the Crusaders drop to a 0-15 overall record (0-4 Patriot League) while the Raiders move to a record of 5-10 overall (2-2 Patriot League). The game also removes the Crusaders from Patriot League Tournament contention.

The Crusaders and Raiders went scoreless in the first 35 minutes of play as each team tallied four shots apiece. Sophomore net-minder Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) made two saves in the half.

Defense remained strong for both teams in the second half until Colgate's Halle Biggar scooped up a rebound from a shot by junior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) and took it down the field to find Olivia Nabhan at the top of the goal mouth. Nabhan put her shot past Sotsky at 57:58 for the go-ahead goal, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead late in the game. Holy Cross would attempt two more shots the rest of the way, but could not put one past Colgate's goalie, Kirsten Lalli, and fell by the final 1-0 tally.

In all, Holy Cross held a 12-11 shots advantage as Caniglia led the squad with four shots taken. Both teams collected eight penalty corners. Sotsky finished with a total of six saves while Lalli made a total seven saves in the win. Senior Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) recorded her fourth defensive save in five games, bringing her season total to five defensive saves this season.

Holy Cross wraps up its non-league schedule with a contest against Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The game will also serve as the final home contest at the Hart Turf Field for the Crusaders this season starting at 6:00 p.m.