Holy Cross Blanks Vermont, 4-0

Sept. 19, 2004

Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross field hockey team got back into the win column with a 4-0 shutout of the University of Vermont on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Astro Turf. The victory gives the Crusaders five on the season, improving their record to 5-1. The Catamounts fall to 1-7. Sophomore Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.), the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Week this past week, got the Crusaders on the board early after slipping a shot past Vermont goalkeeper Ariel Eber just six minutes into the game, on a 2 on 1 advantage with teammate Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.). Cook was credited with the assist on the play.

About a minute later, Cook scored the first of her two goals on the day, when she gathered the rebound of teammate Christina Zorzi's (Barre, Vt.) deflected shot, and beat Eber. The one-two, Cook-Welch punch landed again with 15 minutes remaining in the first when Welch set up Cook's second goal of the day, and her 6th of the season. Cook's low drive beat a diving Eber for a 3-0 Holy Cross lead at the half.

The Crusaders would add their fourth and final goal of the day on a penalty stroke after the Catamount defense was whistled for a foul inside the circle. Senior co-captain Cat Kerman (Glens Falls, N.Y.) lifted a shot over Eber's right shoulder to record her first goal of the season.

Holy Cross outshot Vermont 16-3 on the day. Sony Kuhn (Cincinnati, Ohio) made three saves for the Crusaders to record her third shutout of the season. Eber finished with 11 saves.

Holy Cross travels to Colgate on Saturday to start Patriot League play. Game time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.