WORCESTER, Mass. – Colgate's Halle Biggar scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 32nd minute, to help lead the Raiders to a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field. With the win, Colgate improves to 4-13 on the season and 2-4 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders conclude the 2013 season at 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The five wins this season for Holy Cross are the most since it won seven contests in 2008.
Holy Cross got the game started in the eighth minute of the contest, as sophomore forward Katy Cronin (Franklin, Mass.) tallied her team-leading fifth goal of the season on a breakaway set up by senior captain Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.). Grimaudo fed the ball to a streaking Cronin in the midfield and she took it to the left side of the circle and beat the Colgate goalie to give Holy Cross the 1-0 lead.
The Raiders, however, responded with a goal of their own in the 23rd minute of action. Meredith Gibson found a loose ball in front of the net and shot it into the back of the cage to knot the game at 1-1. Colgate then scored its second goal of the contest less than 10 minutes later as Biggar registered her first of the game at the 31:22 mark. She collected a rebound in front of the net and drove it home to put the Raiders ahead 2-1, which concluded the scoring for the first half.
After the intermission, Colgate tried to increase the lead off a penalty corner in the 45th minute, but Holy Cross junior goalkeeper Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made the clutch save. Holy Cross then upped its offensive intensity and rattled off three shots on net from the 51st to the 54th, but it could not get any past Colgate goalkeeper Amanda DiDomizio. Holy Cross had another chance in the 55th minute, as sophomore midfielder Michelle McNeil (Canton, Mass.) sent a ball into the circle to Cronin, who tipped it just wide of the net.
Colgate answered that scoring opportunity with an insurance goal on the other end of the field in the 57th minute. Eliana Brown launched a shot from the right side of the circle and Biggar redirected it past Matchett to give the Raiders the 3-1 lead. McNeil had two shots for the Crusaders over the final 13 minutes of action, but could not find the back of the net, as Colgate would claim the 3-1 victory.
Matchett played well despite allowing three goals, as she stopped 12 shots on the afternoon. DiDomizio made six saves in the winning effort for the Raiders. Colgate held advantages in shots (18-13), shots on goal (15-7) and penalty corners (6-2). Brown had a game-best five shots on net for Colgate, while McNeil had four shots on goal to lead the Crusaders.
In a pregame ceremony, Grimaudo and fellow senior classmates Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.), Jess Dodakian (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Katie DeGennaro (Blue Bell, Pa.), Kelly Burke (Walpole, Mass.) and Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) were honored on "Senior Day" for their commitment to the field hockey program over the past four seasons. Go here to view a photo gallery of the ceremony.
Burke made 68 appearances, which is tied for the most on the team, to go along with 51 career starts. The two-time captain, Burke had one goal and one assist for three total points. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2010 and is a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
Caffrey played in 68 career games, which ties her for the team lead. She also made 65 starts as a Crusader, which is the most on the squad. Named captain in 2013, she totaled two goals and one assist for five points in her career. She is a member of Holy Cross Leadership Academy and is on the Executive Board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
DeGennaro has dedicated four great years to the Holy Cross field hockey program. She played in 18 career games as a Crusader with one start.
Dodakian appeared in 34 games and made 11 starts in her career. Last season, she recorded her first defensive save and was also named the team's most improved player. Dodakian was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Academic Squad in 2012 and earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades in 2011 and 2012.
Grimaudo appeared in 61 games and made 37 starts in her career. Named first team All-Patriot League in 2012 and captain for the 2013 season, Grimaudo tallied 12 goals and six assists for 30 total points. She also had four game-winning goals, including a pair this season. Grimaudo was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2012 and was also a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last season.
MacPhail appeared in 48 games and made 33 career starts. Named to the 2010 second team All-Patriot League team, MacPhail had three assists for three points in her career. She also has a pair of defensive saves to her name, which leads the senior class. MacPhail has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Academic Squad and the Patriot League Honor Roll three times apiece. She is also a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.