WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross used three first-half goals by sophomore defender Haley Makuch (Granby, Conn.), junior forward Molly Feit (Acton, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Lauren Sutherland (Watertown, Mass.) to defeat Siena, 3-2, in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the win, the Crusaders open up the 2013 season at 1-0, while Siena begins the campaign at 0-1.
The Saints wasted no time as Michaela Sullivan scored the first goal at 3:11 to give Siena the early 1-0 advantage. However, a two-hour lightning delay halted the action at the 4:02 mark of the game.
Upon resumption of play, Siena kept up the pressure with two penalty corner opportunities over the next six minutes, but Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) was able to push both chances aside. Holy Cross knotted the score at 1-1 in the 14th minute, as Makuch tallied her first collegiate goal on her first career shot on net, by lofting the ball over the goalkeeper's head. Two minutes later, the Crusaders grabbed the lead, as Feit scored an unassisted goal off a rebound to make the score 2-1.
The Crusaders continued to apply the pressure, as Sutherland gave Holy Cross the 3-1 lead with her first career goal at 19:52. Holy Cross junior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) registered an assist on Sutherland's goal.
Siena responded just before the end of the first half with a goal by Callie Weise, which cut the deficit to 3-2.
In the second half, Holy Cross stepped up defensively and only allowed one shot on net during the stanza. During the half, the Crusaders held the 5-1 advantage in shots and the 4-1 edge in penalty corners. The lone shot on goal for the Saints came in the 52nd minute off a penalty corner.
Matchett performed well for Holy Cross making four saves in the winning effort. Siena goalie Beth Meyers pushed aside eight shots on goal.
Holy Cross held advantages in shots (13-6) and shots on goal (8-4), while both teams each had four penalty corners.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 4, as they will travel to Providence for a 7:00 p.m. contest.