BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Junior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) tallied two goals including the game-winner in overtime to help lead the Holy Cross field hockey team to a 5-4 triumph over Lehigh in Patriot League play Saturday afternoon at Ulrich Sports Complex. The Crusaders improve to 2-8 (1-0 Patriot League) on the season while the Mountain Hawks slip to 3-8 (1-0 PL).
Grimaudo scored the overtime winner at the 79:46 mark as she fired a shot that was initially saved, but cleaned up her rebound to win the game for Holy Cross. The goal was her team-leading sixth of the season.
Lehigh started the game's scoring when Steph Fratoni scored at 4:54 off of a penalty corner to give the Mountain Hawks the 1-0 lead. Then, the Crusaders would embark on a 3-0 goal run to end the half. Grimaudo scored the first tally in the 24th minute on a breakaway goal to knot the score at 1-1. Freshman midfielder Michelle McNeil (Canton, Mass.) would put the Crusaders ahead 3-1 as she scored back-to-back goals exactly five minutes apart. Her second marker came off an assist by freshman forward Katy Cronin (Franklin, Mass.).
The Mountain Hawks would answer Holy Cross in the beginning of the second half as they scored two quick goals in the first 10 minutes. The markers were respectively scored by Emily Torcivia and Lindsey Schott. With the score tied at 3-3, Holy Cross senior midfielder Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) put the Crusaders on top with a goal coming by a penalty stroke.
Lehigh would force the overtime period as Lindsay Metzger tied the score at 4-4 with less than 15 minutes left in regulation.
Sophomore goaltender Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) pushed aside seven shots in the winning effort for the Crusaders, while Lehigh net-minders Sophie Fitzpatrick and Sydney Maltinsky combined to make six saves. The Mountain Hawks outshot Holy Cross, 18-15 and also held a dominating 10-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Holy Cross continues Patriot League play on Saturday, October 6 as they host Bucknell at 1 p.m. During that game, the Crusaders will take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding a "Think Pink" day in which every player will be donning pink socks and shoelaces.