October 9, 2012

Field Hockey Suffers 3-2 Overtime Loss To Bryant

WORCESTER, Mass – Bryant sophomore forward Rosie Bird scored the game-winning goal in overtime to help propel the Bulldogs to a 3-2 comeback victory over Holy Cross on Tuesday evening at the Hart Turf Field. The Crusaders slip to 2-10 on the season, while Bryant improves to 4-9.

Bird scored the winning marker off a penalty corner at 5:12 into the overtime period. She gathered the incoming pass from Mallory Hancock and ripped a shot into the back of the net for her team-leading ninth goal of the season. 

Bryant began the game's scoring at the 11:16 mark when Nicole Plante scored her first collegiate tally as she redirected a shot by Olivia Jankins. Holy Cross answered just over four minutes later as junior forward Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) dribbled around the Bryant goaltender to score her team-best seventh goal of the season and to tie the game at 1-1.

After the intermission, Holy Cross broke the scoring stalemate as sophomore forward Molly Feit (Acton, Mass.) tipped in a shot by Grimaudo to put the Crusaders on top 2-1 at the 56:40 mark. The goal was Feit's second of the season and the assist moved Grimaudo into the team lead in helpers with two. 

However, the advantage was short-lived as the Bulldogs answered right back with a goal of their own two minutes later.  Brittany Vasconcelos fired a low shot intentionally wide of the net that was redirected in by Kayleigh Ballantyne to knot the game at 2-2. The goal came with just over 12 minutes remaining in regulation setting up Bird's heroics in the extra-session.

Bulldogs goaltender Megan Hancock stopped five shots in the victory, while Holy Cross net-minder Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) also made five saves. Bryant defender Makayla Hancock made a defensive save in the first half to preserve the 1-1 tie. 

Holy Cross held a slim 14-11 advantage in shots and a 6-4 advantage on penalty corners. Grimaudo led the Crusaders with four shots, while Bird led Bryant with four as well. 

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, October 13 when they travel to take on Patriot League opponent American, for an 11:00 a.m. start.