Oct. 22, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Fairfield's Nicole Cavallaro netted a hat-trick as the Holy Cross women's soccer team fell to Fairfield, 4-1, in non-conference action on Monday night at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium in the last home game of the season for the Crusaders. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-12 overall, while the Stags improve to 8-6-2 overall. Freshman Caitlin Belanger (Fall River, Mass.) scored Holy Cross' goal giving her three on the season.
Nicole Cavallaro gave Fairfield a 1-0 lead at 4:25 into the game when she fired a shot into the lower right side of the net from 15 yards out after receiving a through pass from Alex Caram. At the 11:20 mark, Cavallaro netted her second goal of the contest when Fairfield goalie Brett Maron sent her on a breakaway with a punt that went over the half field line. Casey Frobey then increased the lead to 3-0 at the 25:06 mark when she sent a shot into the lower left corner of the goal off a pass from Janna Breitenwischer.
In the second half, Cavallaro scored her third goal of the game when Caram sent her on a breakaway as she then was able to knock the ball into the goal at the 56:20 mark to give the Stags a 4-0 advantage. With 4:52 left in the second half Holy Cross sophomore Chelsi Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) sent a pass in the air to Belanger, who redirected it into the goal from 15 yards out. The assist was Pugliese's team-best fourth of the season.
Holy Cross senior goalie Jessica Pietrowicz (Worcester, Mass.) made four saves, while Maron stooped six shots for the Stags. The Crusaders outshot Fairfield by a 14-13 margin, while the Stags had five corner kicks and Holy Cross had two.
Before the game seniors Meighan Kelly (Colts Neck, N.J.), Alison Peters (Bolton, Mass.) and Pietrowicz were honored for their hard work and dedication to the team on and off the field over the past four years.
A Captain, Kelly has displayed both leadership and determination as she has started in every game the Crusaders have played in her four-year career. Kelly has recorded four goals and four assists for 12 points as a defender, while last season she led the team in assists with three. She has showed her strong leadership abilities as she was named a Captain for her senior season.
A Captain, Peters has played in 68 career games, while she has made 47 starts. For her career she has six goals and two assists for 14 points. She has been a great leader as was shown when she was selected to be a team Captain as a senior. Peters has also demonstrated leadership in the classroom as she is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Pietrowicz has played in 56 games in net in her career and currently ranks fifth all-time in school-history in career saves with 321. Last season she was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week once and led the Patriot League in saves with 118. Pietrowicz has also been very successful in the classroom as she has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in every season.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, October 26, when they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Patriot League opponent American at 2:00 p.m.