November 5, 2005

Holy Cross Field Hockey Advances To League Title Game

Nov. 5, 2005

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Washington, D.C. - The Holy Cross field hockey team avenged its 3-2 overtime loss to Bucknell earlier this season with a 3-1 win over the Bison in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday afternoon at American University's William I Jacobs Recreation Complex. The Crusaders improve to 10-9 overall (3-2 League), while the Bison finish their season with an 8-10 overall mark, including a 4-1 League record.

Sophomore forward Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass.), senior forward Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.) and junior midfielder Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.) all scored goals for the Crusaders. Junior forward Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) added an assist on the day.

The Bison struck early in the game when Kelly O'Brien scored a goal after a pass from Ann Lutz just 15:14 into the contest, but that would be the only goal Bucknell would manage.

O'Coin tied the game less than two minutes later when she gathered a Welch pass after a scramble in front of the net and beat Bucknell goalie Liz Jordan for the 1-1 deadlock, which stood through halftime.

Then, with six minutes left in the game, Cook scored what would be the game-winning goal on her 11th tally of the season when she lofted the ball into the back of the net. The Crusaders added an insurance goal at the 66:21 mark when Cohen connected on a penalty stroke with three minutes remaining.

Holy Cross goalkeeper Sony Kuhn (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded five saves, while Jordan had nine. Jordan ended her career with 475 saves, eighth all-time in Patriot League history.

Top-seeded American and Holy Cross will meet tomorrow at noon in the title game of the 2005 Patriot League Field Hockey Championship at William I Jacobs Recreation Complex. As the No. 1 seed the last three seasons the Eagles have not dropped a championship game. The Crusaders have three championship titles, to the Eagles' two.

Earlier in the day, the top-seeded Eagles advanced to the title game for the third-straight year with a 7-0 win over No. 4 Lehigh.

American defeated Holy Cross, 3-2 in overtime just two weeks ago.