WORCESTER, Mass. – Head coach Zowie Tucker and the Holy Cross field hockey team broke through for the first win in 20 games against Siena, winning in overtime 1-0, at the Hart Turf Field on a rainy evening. With the decision, the Crusaders improve their record to 1-3 on the season while the Saints drop to 0-3. Freshman Mackenzie Peet (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) broke through for her first career goal in the game, coming as the game winner in the overtime period.
Holy Cross combined for 11 penalty corners and a total of 14 shots in the first half. Senior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) had a penalty shot opportunity at 16:35 but the shot was saved as both teams went into the halftime scoreless. The Crusaders had their offensive pace slow down in the second half, only getting off two shots as Siena put four shots together. Neither team could score, however, sending the game into overtime.
With just over five minutes left in the first overtime, Holy Cross set up a play on the left side of the field after a foul. Peet dribbled around and found an open path to the cage, sending through her first career goal as the Crusaders ended the game ahead, 1-0.
The Crusaders finished with an 18-4 shots advantage as sophomore Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led with five shots taken in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) recorded her first career shutout of the season in the effort, going to a record of 1-3. Siena's goalie, sophomore Beth Meyers, made seven saves and tallies a record of 0-3.
Holy Cross continues home action on Saturday, Sept. 10 against Big East opponent Georgetown. The game begins at 12:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.