WORCESTER, Mass. — Junior Kelsey Horton (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) tallied two back-to-back goals while senior Jamie Caniglia (Wayne, Pa.) assisted on three scores as the Holy Cross field hockey team could not hold on for a win, falling against Sacred Heart by a 5-4 score in overtime at the Hart Turf Field. With the decision, the Crusaders fall to a record of 1-5 on the season while the Pioneers go to 2-4. Sacred Heart scored two unanswered goals in the final two minutes of game action for the win.
The Crusaders notched the first goal of the game at 14:12 as freshman Mackenzie Peet (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) found the back of the cage on the first shot off a penalty corner, collecting her third goal in three games. Caniglia and senior Kirsten Walther (Landenberg, Pa.) tallied the assists as Walther picked up her first career point. The Pioneers would tie the score at 22:22 on a quick play in the goalie circle before Horton put the Crusaders back ahead, 2-1, at 30:34. Caniglia collected her second assist on a pass from atop the circle, sending the squad into halftime in front for the first time this season.
Horton gave the Crusaders a two-goal cushion almost seven minutes into the second half, this time getting the assist from sophomore Kelly Burke (Walpole, Mass.). The Pioneers cut the lead back to one goal at 54:32 and then knotted the score at 3-3 two minutes later. Caniglia connected with sophomore Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) for the fourth Holy Cross goal on a penalty corner set-up, putting the Crusaders up 4-3 at 63:53. After holding the Pioneers from taking any shots for five minutes, Holy Cross gave its opponent a scoring opportunity on a penalty corner as time expired. The Pioneers capitalized on the corner as junior Kate Boyd scored her second goal of the game to send the teams into overtime, 4-4.
Sacred Heart took control offensively in the overtime period, taking two shots. The second shot came as the game winner at 72:01, coming from a quick flip in front of the goalie circle. With the goal, the Crusaders lost the game 5-4 despite their best offensive output of the season.
The Pioneers finished with a 21-19 shots advantage. Horton and Peet led the Crusaders with four shots taken in the game. Matchett recorded a season-high 11 saves, combining for a record of 1-5. Sacred Heart's goalie, senior Kim Stow, made six saves and goes to a record of 2-4.
Holy Cross will have a few days to practice and prepare for their next contest against 12th-ranked New Hampshire on Friday, Sept. 16. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Field in Durham, N.H.