WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross came back from two goals down in the second half, but Cornell would go on to claim the 4-3 overtime victory over the Crusaders in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, Holy Cross falls to 3-8 on the season, while the Big Red improve to 4-5 overall.
Cornell scored the contest's first goal just 1:32 into the contest, as Katherine Stone received a pass from Katy Weeks and drove the ball into the back of the cage. The Big Red jumped ahead 2-0 just 11 minutes later, as Mallory Bannon scored her first marker of the season on a one-timer from Weeks from the right side of the circle at the 12:56 mark. Cornell had the upper hand in the first half as it held the 7-1 advantage in shots and the 5-0 edge in shots on goal.
In the second half, the Crusaders upped their offensive intensity and scored in the 40th minute. Holy Cross sophomore forward Katy Cronin (Franklin, Mass.) registered her third goal of the year off a rebound to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Crusaders then converted on a penalty corner in the 45th minute, as sophomore Kaitlyn Murray (Farmington, Conn.) scored her first collegiate goal to knot the score at 2-2. Murray tipped in a shot from junior forward Molly Feit (Acton, Mass.) for the game-tying marker.
In the 54th minute of action, Holy Cross took advantage of a another penalty corner opportunity and scored the go-ahead goal. Freshman midfielder Lauren Sutherland (Watertown, Mass.) potted her third tally of the season off an assist by junior midfielder Colby Lohrey (West Simsbury, Conn.) to give the Crusaders the 3-2 lead.
Cornell, however, responded with less than six minutes in regulation, as Weeks ripped a shot from the top of the circle into the net to tie the game at 3-3. Both teams battled over the final five minutes of regulation, but overtime would be needed to settle the stalemate. The Big Red jumped out right away in the overtime period and forced a penalty corner. They were able to take advantage of it, as Marisa Siergiej tallied the game-winning goal at the 71:26 mark, with an assist by Bannon, to complete the comeback and claim the 4-3 victory over Holy Cross.
Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made 10 saves in net, while her counterpart Elizabeth Schaeffler was not called upon to make a stop. Cornell held advantages in shots (18-5), shots on goal (14-3) and penalty corners (8-2).
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12, as they will travel to Patriot League foe Bucknell for a 12:00 p.m. affair.