Nov. 4, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore Kristin Schulz (Fairfield, Conn.) had two goals and an assist to lead the Holy Cross field hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Lafayette in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament. With the victory, the Crusaders advance to Sunday's conference championship game, where they will face American at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross now stands 14-5 overall on the season, while the Leopards end the year at 5-14.
Lafayette senior Maggie Condon opened the scoring less than eight minutes into the first half with a goal off a penalty corner. A few minutes later, junior Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass.) tied it up at 1-1 with a goal off an assist by Schulz. Senior Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.) put the Crusaders up 2-1 with 11:20 left in the half off a penalty corner, with assists from junior Eli Skovron (Exeter, N.H.) and freshman Courtney Callahan (Acton, Mass.). But before the end of the half, Lafayette's Caitlin Titus tied up the game at 2-2.
Holy Cross then dominated play in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals to claim the victory. Schulz scored the game-winning goal off an assist from O'Coin just 4:33 into the half, before senior Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) gave the Crusaders a two-goal lead with an unassisted goal. Schulz then concluded the scoring with her second goal of the game, once again off a pass from O'Coin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Singleton earned the victory for Holy Cross, while posting three saves.
On Sunday, the Crusaders will be in search of their first Patriot League Tournament crown since 2000, having won three overall (1997, 1998, 2000).