WORCESTER, Mass. – Cassidy Svetek scored three goals for the Black Bears as the Holy Cross field hockey team fell to No. 23 Maine, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-6 overall, while the Black Bears improve to 4-4 overall.
Maine took a 1-0 lead at 8:35 when Annabelle Hamilton had her shot blocked, but she regained the ball and netted her fourth goal of the season. At 27:05, Svetek sent a shot from five yards out to the lower left side of the cage to give Maine a 2-0 lead. Svetek then scored two straight goals off rebounds at 32:26 and 32:53 to increase the lead to 4-0 as she posted her first collegiate hat-trick. The Black Bears outshot the Crusaders by a 16-3 margin for the half, while Maine had nine shots on goal and Holy Cross had two.
The Black Bears extended their lead to 5-0 at 37:45, when Zoe Adkins knocked in a loose ball from in front of the net. Maine scored the last goal of the game when Hannah Keating found the back of the net from eight yards out off a pass by Abbey Gutowski at 53:34.
Sophomore goalie Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made five saves as she played the first half, while senior Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) tallied one second half save. Maine outshot Holy Cross, 20-6, while the Black Bears took 12 shots on goal and the Crusaders had four. Freshman Michelle McNeil (Canton, Mass.) posted three shots on goal for the Crusaders. Maine took eight penalty corners and the Crusaders had three.
The Crusaders return to action when they play at Fairfield at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.