Field Hockey Defeated By Quinnipiac, 6-2, In Season Opener

Jillian Caffrey

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac never fell behind and scored three unanswered second-half goals as the Holy Cross field hockey team fell, 6-2, against the Bobcats at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. With the losing decision, the Crusaders open up the 2011 slate with a 0-1 record while Quinnipiac earns its first win, going to 1-0. Sophomore Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored one goal and tallied an assist to lead the Crusaders offensively.

A total of four goals came across in the first half as Quinnipiac went up 2-0 to start off, scoring at 12:04 and 27:28. Senior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) then halved the score at 31:43, scoring off a corner set-up. Caffrey collected her first career assist on the effort. At 34:18, Quinnipiac took back a two-goal advantage as Bobcat freshman Danielle Allan scored her second goal of the game on a dribble maneuver past freshman goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.). With the last minute score, Holy Cross found itself down 3-1 at the half.

Caffrey then scored her first career goal on a shot through traffic after a corner set-up by Caniglia five minutes in to the second half, making it a 3-2 game. Quinnipiac would put together the game's next four shots and added on two goals, scoring in back-to-back opportunities at 49:13 and 51:07 to take a 5-2 lead. The Bobcats scored one last goal at the 64:31 mark off a corner as Holy Cross could only add one last shot in the game. With the final goal, the Crusaders fell by the final 6-2 score.

In all, Holy Cross tallied six shots, including a team-high three shots taken by Caniglia. Quinnipiac finished with 15 shots and were led by Allan with two goals and one assist. The Bobcats also took advantage of seven corner opportunities while the Crusaders had three. Matchett, who made her debut in the cage, recorded five saves, falling to a record of 0-1 on the season. Bobcat goalie, Nicole Lewis, made three saves in her first win of the season, improving to 1-0.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in its home opener against California-Davis. The game, which will be played on the brand new Hart Turf Field, begins at 6:00 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.