HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth Big Green built a 4-0 first half lead and never looked back as the Holy Cross field hockey team dropped a 6-1 decision on the road at the Chase Astro Turf. With the final decision, the Crusaders move to a record of 1-8 on the season while the Big Green improve to 6-2. Junior Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) broke out for her first career goal in the game, coming in the second half.
After the Crusaders mounted three shots on-goal but no scores to show for it, the Big Green answered with three straight goals, coming two minutes from each other at 8:52, 10:30 and 12:04 to take a 3-0 lead. Three separate players notched the goals as Dartmouth's Ali Savage collected one goal and one assist. Holy Cross would add five more shot attempts, including two shots on-goal by junior Kelsey Horton (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), while Dartmouth added another goal at the 27:00 mark to drop the Crusaders down 4-0 heading into the halftime. Junior goalkeeper Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.), making her first start of the season, made four saves in the first half as well.
Dartmouth made it a 6-0 game quickly, scoring one goal at 41:49 and then tallying the second goal less than one minute later. Dartmouth's Lisa Masini tallied one assist and then scored the second goal. Holy Cross made its first shot of the second half count as Bourne took the shot and scored at the 56:41 mark. The goal was scored off a penalty corner as sophomore Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and senior Kirsten Walther (Landenberg, Pa.) combined for the assist. Both players earn their second assists of the season. The Bourne goal came as the final score of the game as Holy Cross had one final penalty corner as time expired, but could not score and fell by the 6-1 final.
The Big Green finished with a 28-9 shots advantage and were led by Meghan Everett who took four shots and scored twice in the game. Horton and freshman Mackenzie Peet (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) made a Holy Cross-high three shots in the game. Sotsky tallies her first decision of the season and goes to 0-1. She made four saves in the contest as freshman Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) came in to play the second half, making six saves. Dartmouth's goalie, Meagan Vakiener, goes to a record of 6-2 after making five saves.
Holy Cross opens up Patriot League action next, traveling to Bucknell on Saturday, Oct. 1. Game time is set 12:00 p.m. at Graham Field in Lewisburg, Pa.