October 4, 2011

Field Hockey Topped, 1-0, At Home By Bryant

WORCESTER, Mass. — Despite finishing with a 10-9 shots advantage, the Holy Cross field hockey team dropped a 1-0 decision against the Bryant Bulldogs at the Hart Turf Field.  With the result, the Crusaders drop to a record of 1-10 on the season while the Bulldogs go to 6-5 for their season. Senior Kirsten Walther (Landenberg, Pa.) aided the team's defense with her second defensive save of the season. 

Bryant tallied the only score of the game in the first half of action, scoring at the 8:05 mark on an unassisted shot by Mallory Hancock. After the first 35 minutes of play, Bryant took six shots to Holy Cross one, taken by sophomore Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). As the second half got underway, Holy Cross improved its offense, taking nine shots total for the half.  Holy Cross kicked up its defense as well, allowing only three shots from Bryant in the final half. Junior Kelsey Horton (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Caffrey led the team with three shots each for the game. Junior Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) also added to the offense in the second half, taking two shots for the game. The Crusaders were able to rally their offense in the second half taking nine more shots but were unable to score, finishing down by the 1-0 score.

Junior Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) defended the cage for the game's entirety, making three total saves for the game. Sotsky collects the losing decision, falling to 0-2 on the season while Bryant's goalkeeper, Jennifer Gullotti, earns her second win to improve to 2-4 on the season. Gullotti made six saves in the contest and picks up her first shutout of the season. 

Holy Cross will see action next on Saturday, Oct. 8.  The game is slated for 11:00 a.m on the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.