WORCESTER, Mass – Brown sophomore forward Clayton Christus tallied one goal and two assists as the Bears defeated the Holy Cross field hockey team by a score of 4-0 in its final home game of the season on Wednesday evening at the Hart Turf Field. The Crusaders move to 2-13 on the season while Brown is now 6-9.
The Bears scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of action to take a quick 2-0 lead. Sophomore forward Megan O'Donnell tallied her team-high ninth goal of the season at the 6:07 mark off an assist by Christus. Christus took a shot off a penalty corner that O'Donnell tipped into the back of the cage. Just under two minutes later, sophomore Haley Alvarez ripped a shot from the top of the circle past Crusader goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) into the left side of the cage for her third goal of the year. Junior Avery Burns recorded the helper on that goal.
The Crusaders settled down and stepped up their defense but Brown added a third goal with just under four minutes remaining in the half. Freshman midfielder Alexis Miller timed a perfect pass right on her stick from Christus to record her fourth goal of the season and give Brown the 3-0 lead at the break.
Holy Cross let up the final goal just 53 seconds into the second half as Christus dribbled across the crease and shot the ball into the back of the cage. It was her fourth goal of the year as she increased her season points total to 13. The Crusaders outshot the Bears 8-6 in the second half but were unable to get on the board.
Freshman Hayley Sarratt (Dublin, Ireland) led Holy Cross with four shots, including two on goal. Brown held the shots advantage in the game, 15-12. Brown sophomore goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney made six saves in the game and is now 6-9 on the season. Matchett made five saves and moves to 2-13. Junior Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) also added a team save late in the first half. The Crusaders held a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Crusaders will travel to Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 27, for a 1:00 p.m. contest. The winner of that game will clinch the fourth and final spot in the Patriot League tournament and face Lafayette in the first round.