Nov. 6, 2004
Hamilton, N.Y. - The third-ranked Holy Cross field hockey team allowed four-consecutive second-half goals to second-ranked Colgate University, and could not recover, dropping a 4-2 decision in the semifinal game of the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders, who were appearing in the tournament for the eighth-consecutive year, finish their season at 11-8-0 (3-2 PL). Colgate advances to the Tournament finals tomorrow, against top-ranked American University, which defeated Lehigh, 4-0, earlier in the day.
Holy Cross senior Christina Zorzi (Barre, Vt.) opened the scoring at the 29:42 mark, when she took a Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.) pass and beat Raider goalkeeper Jacque DeMarco, to give the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage. The two teams played evenly through the first-half, with the Crusaders registering 7 shots, and the Raiders getting 6 attempts, but the score at the half remained 1-0.
Colgate then took control of the board in the second half by answering back with four consecutive goals. Senior Natalie Heller (Chadds Ford, Pa.), junior Sarah McCarthy (Harrisville, R.I.) and freshman Natali Plesniarski (Hamilton, N.Y.) all scored for the Raiders. McCarthy scored two of the Raiders' four goals.
Holy Cross tried to claw its way back into the game, and got some help from sophomore Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.), whose goal at the 55:44 mark cut the lead to two, but the Crusaders were unable to get any closer.
Holy Cross' Sony Kuhn (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded nine stops for the Crusaders, while PL Goalkeeper of the Year, Jacque DeMarco (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson), made five saves for Colgate.