Sept. 7, 2005
Providence, R.I. - Providence College senior forward Kati Lary scored two goals in the first four minutes of the game to set the tone for the Friars, who were able to hang on for a 4-3 decision over Holy Cross on Wednesday night at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The game marked the first-ever contest played under the lights at the college's new facility. Holy Cross has now lost two straight and drops to 1-2 on the season, while the Friars get back to the .500 mark at 2-2 overall.
The Friars got on the board early and often after Lary scored on a penalty corner just 3:16 into the game. Forty-three seconds later, Lary made good on a rebound following a Sony Kuhn (Cincinnati, Ohio) save to make it 2-0. Emily Ewens scored in similar fashion at the 11:42 mark, giving Providence an early 3-0 lead.
Holy Cross was able to cut the lead to two (3-1) by halftime when sophomore Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass.) took a Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) pass and beat Providence goalkeeper Stephanie Scavelli in the 17th minute.
The Crusaders then made it interesting when senior forward Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.) netted two goals in a four minute span, tying the game at three apiece. Cook had a solo effort in the 36th minute and then found the back of the net in the 39th minute, thanks to the help of an O'Coin set-up pass.
The tie was short lived, however, and Providence's Jessica Weinstein netted the game-winning goal at the 43:57 mark.
Holy Cross had a final chance to put the game into overtime when Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.) got a shot off in the final seconds following a penalty corner, but Scavelli came up with a save as time expired. Kuhn made a season-high 10 saves on the night, while Scavelli had nine. Providence enjoyed a 26-14 shot advantage and had one more penalty corner (7-6) than the Crusaders.
The Crusaders will try to get back in the win column when they kick off a three-game home stand beginning with a 12:00 p.m. match-up with Northeastern University on Saturday, September 10.