Oct. 29, 2005
Easton, Pa. - Junior forward Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) registered her first career hat trick and three other Crusaders scored to propel the Holy Cross field hockey team into the upcoming Patriot League Tournament with a 6-0 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon in HC's season finale. With the win, Holy Cross gets back to the .500 mark at 9-9 and improves to 3-2 in Patriot League play. Lafayette falls to 7-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Senior forward Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.) and junior midfielder Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.) both recorded a goal and two assists for four-point days, while sophomore forward Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass.) had a goal and an assist and junior back Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.) rounded out the HC offense with her 13th assist of the season.
The Crusaders took a 5-0 advantage into the half after they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first nine minutes and fifteen seconds of the game.
Welch opened up the scoring just 1:38 into the contest when she converted a pass from Cook to put the Crusaders up 1-0. Less than a minute later, Cook gave HC a 2-0 lead when she made good on a Cohen pass. Welch then scored back-to-back goals when she lofted a shot over the head of Lafayette goalie Jill Lambert to put the Crusaders up 3-0 at the 9:15 mark and then blasted a Cook pass into the back of the net for a 4-0 lead at the 10:50 mark.
O'Coin gave the Crusaders a 5-0 cushion at the 21:20 mark after she handled a pass from Cohen and found the back of the net. Cohen rounded out the Holy Cross scoring at the 43:00 mark when she rifled a shot past Lambert, thanks to a set-up pass from Whelan.
Senior keeper Sony Kuhn (Cincinnati, Ohio) made four saves on the day to record her first shutout of the season. The Holy Cross defense has recorded two straight shutouts for the first time all season.
Lambert finished with 13 stops for the Leopards, after being bombarded with 25 Crusader attempts, as Holy Cross had a 25-9 shot advantage. The Crusaders also had a 10-8 penalty corner edge for the game.
The Patriot League Tournament begins Saturday, Nov. 5. Log onto www.goholycross.com for the latest updates about the site of the tournament and the Crusaders' first round opponent.