Crusaders Upset American; Win 12-9

April 9, 2005

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - Sophomore Patricia Sutton and freshman Kristine Corkum both recorded hat tricks and sophomore goalie Megan Orr made a string of crucial saves in the second half to lead Holy Cross to a 12-9 conference win over American University on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Astroturf Field. The Crusaders, who have now won three straight and eight of their last 10 games, improve to 8-5 overall on the season and 4-1 in the Patriot League. American falls to 5-7 (3-1).

Freshmen Nikki Bolduc, Amy Archambault and Kaitlin Nangle all scored two goals each in the win.

The two teams played a back-and-forth first half, which ended with a slim 6-4 Holy Cross advantage. American got on the board just 47 seconds into the contest when Moriah Linnell walked in for her first of two goals on the day. The Crusaders came right back and took a 2-1 lead less than four minutes later after goals by Nangle and Sutton. American then scored back-to-back goals for a 3-2 lead, before Sutton and Archambault gave Holy Cross a 4-3 advantage less than two minutes later.

Chelsea Kapp then tied the game for the fourth time in the first half after she made good on a Rebecca Copeland pass in the 18th minute. But Sutton netted her third goal of the half and Corkum scored her first of three goals to give the Crusaders a two-goal lead at the break.

The second half saw much of the same goal-trading action. Caithlin Gorman scored just 1:28 into the half on a free position shot, bringing the Eagles within one (6-5). The Crusaders, however, strung together three unanswered goals to take their biggest lead of the game, 9-5. American stayed close and got within two (9-7) after another Kapp tally and a Sarah Milewski score, but Bolduc and Corkum essentially put away the Eagles with two more Holy Cross goals with just over five minutes to play.

The Eagles did score twice late in the game to make it an 11-9 game with 1:35 to go, but it was not enough as the Crusaders took the 12-9 decision.

Orr made eight saves to record her eighth win of the season. Finnegan also registered eight stops.

The Crusaders put their three-game winning streak on the line when they travel to Fairfield on Wednesday, April 13 for a non-conference match-up with the Stags. Game time is 4:00 p.m.