It was a big week of redemption for Crusader field hockey as they beat both Fairfield University and Colgate University in overtime this past week.
“We wanted a successful week with two wins and we played with a great team effort. We’re happy we got the result we were aiming for,” says junior captain Maureen Connolly.
The 4-3 overtime win against Fairfield came first as the Crusaders hosted Fairfield at home on Wednesday. Fairfield was a strong opponent, as they were the reigning champions of the MAAC Conference. Fairfield started off the game aggressively offensively, as they had five shots on goal in the first three minutes of play. Luckily, goalkeeper, Marcia LaPlante, was able to keep all but one shot from going in, making the score 1-0.
The Crusaders came back with a goal in the twenty-fourth minute of play from sophomore forward Susanne Noone, who was able to find the back of the net with an assist from midfielder Emily Loprete.
“Susanne’s goal provided a lot of momentum moving forward into the game and triggered a more offensive mindset,” continues Connolly.
Just two minutes later, the Crusaders were able to find the back of the net again with a goal from junior forward Maureen Connolly, giving them their first lead of the game.
By the end of the second period the score was 3-3, forcing the Crusaders to head into overtime. A diving reverse sweep from Connolly, with a pass from Emily Loprete, broke the tie and led the Crusaders to their win in the seventy-ninth minute of play.
Coming off of a strong win, Holy Cross field hockey felt confident as they headed to Hamilton, NY to take on fellow Patriot League team Colgate.
“The overtime win against Fairfield provided us with a lot of momentum going into our second Patriot League win against Colgate. We gained the confidence we needed to win,” explained Connolly.
Holy Cross started the game off strong as they outshot the Raiders in the first half, 6-2. The Crusaders were the first to put points on the board with a goal from Emily Loprete that was assisted by senior midfielder Lauren Sutherland. Colgate responded in the fiftieth minute of play, forcing the game to go into two overtime periods.
Finally, in the ninety-fourth minute, sophomore Emily Loprete was able to find the back of the net with an assist from senior defender Rae Caliento, giving the Crusaders a 2-1 victory.
“We knew that Colgate was not a team to discredit despite their record, and it’s a good thing we didn’t,” says junior defender Casey Considine. “They played arguably one of the best games they’ve had all season, but we stuck to our game [plan] and it ultimately gave us the result we wanted.”
Follow the Crusaders this week as they hit the road to take on Lehigh at Lehigh on Friday, September 30 and Temple at Temple on Sunday, October 2.