WORCESTER, Mass. — The Holy Cross field hockey team played through the pouring down rain but could not pick up a win at home, falling to Fairfield 1-0 at the Hart Turf Field. With the final decision, the Crusaders move to a record of 1-7 on the season while the Stags improve to 7-2. Freshman goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made a total of five saves in the contest.
The teams played a scoreless first half as Fairfield held a 5-2 shots edge. Matchett made two saves after the first 35 minutes of play. The Crusaders and Stags continued to remain without a goal until the 50:15 mark in the second half when Fairfield snuck a rebound shot past Matchett to go ahead 1-0. The Crusaders began to pick up the offensive tempo after the goal, taking four shots and combining for two penalty corners in the final minutes of action, but could not find the back of the cage. With no goals scored, Holy Cross fell by the 1-0 final.
The Stags finished with a 12-7 shots advantage and were led by freshman forward Sarah Wickles, who made four shots and tallied the unassisted goal. Sophomore Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) made a Holy Cross-high three shots in the game. Matchett falls to a record of 1-7 after making the five saves in the contest while Fairfield's goalie, Maddy Sposito, goes to a record of 5-1 after making two saves.
Holy Cross continues action at Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 25. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Chase Astro Turf in Hanover, N.H.