By Jack Godar
It has been a busy stretch for the Holy Cross Field Hockey team, as they played two home games over the weekend and then traveled to Vermont on Tuesday. The Crusaders had mixed results, winning their first Patriot League game of the season against Lehigh, then dropping a close one to Temple University, and defeating Vermont on Tuesday.
Against Lehigh, junior Emily Loprete kicked off the scoring in the first half. The Mountain Hawks then tied up the game with under five minutes left in the half, leaving the teams tied going into the second half. Holy Cross, however, dominated the second half. Early in the half, senior Maureen Connolly and junior Suzanne Noone each found the net within a minute of each other, putting the Crusaders ahead 3-1. Holy Cross didn’t let up, as junior Lauren Ineson and freshman Courtney McMullen also tacked on one goal each. Holy Cross won 5-1, starting off conference play in style.
On Sunday afternoon, Holy Cross took on Temple for their ALS Awareness game. The Crusaders started the game off strong, as Connolly found the net seven minutes into the first half. Temple answered back, however, by tying the game with a goal off of a rebound. For the second straight game, Holy Cross went into the half tied 1-1, and for the second straight game, only one team scored in the second half. Unfortunately, this time it was Temple doing the scoring. The Owls pulled out a 3-1 victory, led by Rachael Muller’s two goals.
Holy Cross then faced Vermont on Tuesday, in game that turned out to be a real pitcher’s duel. Holy Cross took the lead early on as Connolly slotted a goal past the keeper off a pass from Noone. As it turned out, Connolly’s goal was all the Crusaders needed to catapult past the Catamounts. Sophomore goalie Marcia LaPlante stopped 10 shots and shut out Vermont, even though Vermont outshot Holy Cross 18-13.
The Crusaders are now 4-4 on the year, led by Connolly. She has notched at least a point in every single game Holy Cross has played, and scored at least one goal in seven games. Holy Cross’ next game is this Saturday against Colgate at home.