WORCESTER, Mass. – Lafayette senior forward Deanna DiCroce scored a pair of goals to go along with two assists as the No. 11 Leopards defeated the Holy Cross field hockey team by a score of 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. Holy Cross slips to 2-12 on the season and 1-3 in Patriot League games, while Lafayette improves to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in conference matchups.
Lafayette wasted no time in converting their first goal at the 5:52 mark as Brittany Blass scored off a penalty corner with assists from Emily Valeo and DiCroce, giving the Leopards the 1-0 lead. Lafayette would rattle off three more goals in the first half to push their margin to 4-0 at the intermission. Maria Machalick potted the first goal, while Blass and Jenna Seybert added a marker of their own. Valeo and DiCrose added helpers on Seybert's tally.
During the first stanza, Holy Cross junior defender Jess Dodakian (Shrewsbury, Mass.) made her first career defensive save in helping prevent a Leopards goal.
Lafayette added three more goals in the second half coming off the sticks of Machalick and two by DiCroce, putting the game away for the nationally-ranked Leopards.
Holy Cross sophomore goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made eight saves and Crusaders senior net-minder Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) pushed aside three shots. Lafayette goaltenders Jessica Deutsch and Mara Kish were not called upon to make a save.
The Leopards outshot the Crusaders 26-0 in the contest and held a 15-0 edge in penalty corners.
In a brief pregame ceremony, Sotsky and classmates Megan Bourne (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Emily Allen (Lee, N.H.) were honored on "Senior Day" for playing in their final Patriot League home game of the season.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, October 24, as they will host non-conference opponent Brown at 6:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field.