Field Hockey Suffers 4-1 Loss To Brown In Final Non-League Contest

Breezy Rush

WORCESTER, Mass.  Senior Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) collected the second goal of her career after playing the forward position for the first time as the Holy Cross field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision against Brown in the final home contest of the season at the Hart Turf Field. With the result, the Crusaders fall to a 0-16 overall record while the Bears move to a record of 4-11 overall.

Brown notched the first goal of the game at 10:59 as Abigail Taft put an unassisted shot past sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.). Holy Cross would put together eight shots but no scores in the first half while Brown tallied seven shots taken. Bears goalie Lauren Kessler came up big in the front half, making five saves, including three saves in the final minute. Sotsky finished the half with two saves.

The Bears picked up the offense in the second stanza as Leslie Springmeyer capitalized on two back-to-back goals at 36:14 and 42:58 to give her team a 3-0 lead. Rush then found the back of the cage at 46:43 after sophomore Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) hit a slow roller for Rush to tap in, bringing the score to 3-1. Brown would tally the last goal of the game at 59:33, finalizing the score at 4-1. As a team, Holy Cross once again out-shot Brown in the second half, 7-6.

In all, the Crusaders held a 15-13 shots advantage as senior Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.) led the team with six shots taken. Holy Cross also held the penalty corners edge, 7-4. Sotsky finished with a total of four saves while Kessler finished with the five saves in her fourth win.

Holy Cross wraps up its season with a contest against Patriot League foe Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 30. The game will be played on the Mountain Hawks' home field at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa., starting at 11:00 a.m.