Oct. 22, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Junior forward Irene Schickhardt scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime to lift fifth-ranked American to a thrilling 3-2 win over Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. Holy Cross falls to 7-9 overall (2-2 Patriot League), while the Eagles remain undefeated at 15-0 (3-0 Patriot League).
American trailed most of the game and had to fight back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to steal the win. Schickhardt's game-winning tally came seven minutes and 16 seconds into the extra period.
Holy Cross junior forward Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) opened the scoring just nine minutes and 12 seconds into the game when she one-timed a pass from senior Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.) to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead, which they took into halftime.
American tied the game about half way through the second half when Camila Infante gathered a rebound a scored off of HC goalkeeper Sony Kuhn at the 57:30 mark. Kuhn had made an initial save off of a penalty corner shot, but Infante got to the rebound before Kuhn could regroup after diving.
The Crusaders then took a 2-1 lead less than three minutes later when junior Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.) blasted a shot off of a penalty corner that found its way into the back of the American net.
But the Eagles fought back to tie the score again at 2-2 when Schickhardt collected a rebound and scored on an unassisted effort at the 66:06 mark.
With 7:44 remaining in the overtime period, Schickhardt took a Maureen Daniel pass and one-timed the ball past Kuhn for the win.
Kuhn made a season-high 11 saves on the day, while American goalie Allison Fayvich finished with four stops. American enjoyed a 20-8 shot advantage and had more than five times as many penalty corners (16-3) than the host Crusaders.
The Crusaders are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Brown for a 4:00 p.m. non-conference game in Providence, R.I.