Field Hockey Eliminated From Playoff Contention With 2-1 Loss To Colgate

Hayley Sarratt

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Holy Cross freshman defender Hayley Sarratt (Dublin, Ireland) scored her first collegiate goal as the Crusaders fell to Colgate by a score of 2-1 on Saturday at Tyler's Field. With the loss, Holy Cross slips to 2-14 on the season and 1-4 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders improve to 4-12 overall and 2-3 in the league.

With both teams coming into this afternoon's contest with identical Patriot League records, the winner of the game would earn a spot as the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders' loss eliminates them from playoff contention.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Raiders would break the stalemate when Kelsey Jensen tipped in a pass across the goal crease to put Colgate ahead 1-0 in the 26th minute.

Colgate added to its lead less than six minutes into the second half. Eliana Brown received a pass from Olivia Nabhan that was crossed into the circle and tipped in, putting the Raiders on top 2-0.

Holy Cross would not go down without a fight as Sarratt launched a shot from a penalty corner that found the back of the net at 58:54, for her first marker and points of her career. The goal was set up with passes by junior Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and freshman Kaitlyn Murray (Farmington, Conn.). The assists were Grimaudo's team-leading third and Murray's first of the season. Murray's helper was also her first collegiate point.

However, the Crusaders were unable to force overtime as they would have ample opportunities with an 8-2 advantage in second half penalty corners.

Holy Cross sophomore goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made 11 saves in the losing effort, while Colgate goalie Amanda DiDomizio pushed aside eight shots.

The Crusaders held a 26-18 shot advantage, with a 15-7 margin in the first half. Holy Cross also led in penalty corners (11-7). Colgate held a slim 11-9 margin in shots on goal.

The Crusaders will conclude their season on Sunday, October 28 as they travel to Cornell for a 2:00 p.m. start.