BURLINGTON, Vt. – Holy Cross senior captain Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) registered the game-winning goal in the 54th minute to help lead the Crusaders to a 2-1 victory over Vermont in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at Moulton Winder Field. With the win, the Crusaders move to 4-9 on the season, while the Catamounts fall to 0-13 overall. The win was Holy Cross' 14 straight triumph over Vermont dating back to 1992. In addition, the four victories this season are the most since the 2009 campaign.
After a scoreless first half in which the Crusaders held the 6-2 advantage in shots, Grimaudo potted the game's first marker at the 54:03 mark of the contest. She dribbled the ball along the end line and launched a soft shot toward the post and into the back of the cage for her second goal of the season.
Holy Cross kept up the pressure and added an insurance goal in the 64th minute of action. Sophomore midfielder Michelle McNeil (Canton, Mass.) ripped a shot from the middle of the circle past the goalkeeper for her first tally of the season to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.
Vermont made the game interesting with a goal of its own just two minutes later in the 66th minute, as Ashley McDonald scored off a rebound to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Catamounts had one final chance to knot the score in the 70th minute, but the shot at the net was blocked by the Crusader defense.
Holy Cross junior goalie Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made five stops in the winning effort and earned her third victory of the season between the pipes, which is a career-best. Vermont goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt made six saves for the Catamounts. The Crusaders held advantages in shots (14-10), shots on goal (8-6) and penalty corners (6-3).
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when it will travel to Easton, Pa. to take on Patriot League opponent Lafayette at 12:00 p.m.