October 15, 2011

Field Hockey Defeated, 5-0, In Patriot League Action At Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. Despite a season-high 14 saves by junior Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.), the Holy Cross field hockey team was shutout by a 5-0 score against Patriot League opponent Lafayette at Rappolt Field. With the result, the Crusaders combine for a record of 1-13 (0-3 Patriot League) on the season while the Leopards go to a record of 7-6 (3-0 PL).

The Leopards took a 2-0 lead, scoring at 12:42 and 18:00, after putting together eight shots on-goal in the first 25 minutes of play. Sotsky finished the first half with nine saves as Lafayette attempted three more shots on-goal. The Crusaders were unable to take one shot in the first 35 minutes, finding themselves down 2-0 at the break.

Lafayette continued to dominate the game offensively, combing for 11 more shot attempts and turning three of them into goals at 52:30, 65:28 and 69:09. Sotsky made six additional saves in the final half while senior Kirsten Walther (Landenberg, Pa.) made her third defensive save of the season. The Holy Cross offense could again not get off a shot in the half and fell by the final 5-0 score.

With the final result, Sotsky picked up the loss, falling to 0-5 on the season while Lafayette's goalie, Mara Kish, tallied the win to improve to 5-3. She did not have to make one save in the contest. The Leopards finished with a 22-0 shots advantage and were led by Brittany Blass, who scored two goals.

Holy Cross returns home for its fourth league contest, hosting Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 22. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass.