Holy Cross Drops Close 3-2 Game With Providence

Kat Matchett

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals, but  the Holy Cross field hockey team was defeated by Providence 3-2 at the Hart Turf Field. Grimaudo's two goals set a new career high, and she has now totaled four goals in the last three games. The Crusaders fall to 1-5 on the season with the loss, while the Friars improve to 3-2 overall.

Holy Cross scored the first goal of the game at the 22:38-mark, when Grimaudo knocked home a rebound after a shot by senior midfielder Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) was saved. Just over two minutes later, Grimaudo made the score 2-0 with her second goal of the night following a scramble in front of the Providence goal. The Friars were able to trim the Crusader lead to 2-1 prior to the end of the first half, when a shot by Steph Guglielmo went wide but was knocked into the goal by Brittany Ross.

Early in the second half, Henni Tietze tied the game with a goal off of a penalty corner. Kaleigh FitzPatrick took the corner for Providence, before Cailtin Malone stopped the ball to set up Tietze's goal. The score would remain at 2-2 until less than eight minutes remained, before Guglielmo put the Friars in front with the game-winning goal from 10 yards out on the left side off a pass from Jen Abrams.

Providence outshot Holy Cross 22-6 on the night, and also held a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners. Sophomore goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) was able to keep the game close by making 10 saves, while Kathi Weidman made two saves for the Friars.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 15, when it plays host to 23rd-ranked Maine at 1:00 p.m.