Nov. 5, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Holy Cross field hockey team fell to American, 5-3, in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex. Senior Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) scored two goals for the Crusaders.
American's Denise Infante started off the day with a hard shot that found the back of the net off a penalty corner, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead at 9:42 into the game. Welch then answered back less than two minutes later off a pass from junior Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass.) to tie the game at 1-1.
The Eagles regained the lead when Heidi Hershberger deflected an Infante shot into the net at the 18:58 mark. Maggie Hall increased the lead to 3-1 with a score of her own at 22:13. Senior Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.) pushed the deficient to just one with the Crusaders' second goal of the game at 27:32 with an assist from senior Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.).
American made it a 4-2 game in the second half at the 49:15 mark when Infante scored. Welch followed up with her second goal of the game when she knocked in her own rebound at 54:33 to cut the American lead to 4-3.
American scored the last goal of the game to make the score 5-3, when Savannah Graybill scored her first-ever post season goal at 58:33.
Sophomore goalie Erin Singleton (Amesbury, Mass.) made five saves, while American's Allison Fayfich also stopped five shots.
Cohen, Welch and Whelan earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Welch ends her career as a Crusader ranked second all-time in the Patriot League with 59 career goals and tied for third in points with 135.
The Crusaders fall to 14-6, while the Eagles improve to 14-6 overall. Each team reached the Patriot League title game with a win in the semifinal round. No. 1 American defeated No. 4 Bucknell, 4-2, and No. 2 Holy Cross moved past No. 3 Lafayette, 5-2.