WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) scored the only goal for the Crusaders as the field hockey team lost a tough game to Sacred Heart at the Hart Turf Field on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers responded with two unanswered goals late in the second half to win the game, 2-1. The Crusaders suffered its third straight one-goal loss of the young season and hold a record of 0-3. The Pioneers improve to 2-1.
Neither team was able to score in the first half despite a rush of offensive attacks. The Crusaders put all seven of its first half shots on net, while the Pioneers put three of five on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made two sprawling saves to keep the game knotted at zero going into the second half.
The Crusaders opened the second half on the attack. Senior Emily Allen (Lee, N.H.) rifled a shot with 29:44 remaining just off the inner left pad of Pioneer goalkeeper Mary Altepeter, deflecting just wide of the far post. Holy Cross finally broke the tie just over two minutes later at the 27:39 mark when Bourne was on the receiving end of a beautiful pass from freshman Michelle McNeil (Canton, Mass.) just inside the shell. Her shot went past Altepeter and into the back left corner of the goal making the score 1-0.
Sacred Heart came back to tie the game 1-1 with 12:18 remaining when freshman Liz Bergman deflected a shot from in front of the goal past Matchett. Five minutes later, with 7:08 remaining in the contest, freshman Christine Mace gathered a rebound off a shot by Bergman and buried the game-winner.
The Pioneers edged the Crusaders in shots by a tally of 19-18. Matchett totaled nine saves on 11 shots on goal and falls to 0-3 on the season. Altepeter moved to 2-1 while making 12 saves on 13 shots.
The Crusaders will return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 5, traveling to Siena for a 5:00 p.m. contest.