LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sophomore midfielder Evelyn Nicinski netted her third goal of the season as the Holy Cross women's soccer team lost its first Patriot League matchup of the season on Friday night by a score of 1-0 versus Bucknell at Emmitt Field. The Crusaders are now 5-6-1 (1-1-0 Patriot League) on the season while the Bison improve to 8-6-0 (1-1-0 Patriot League).
The Crusaders had the first scoring opportunity of the game just eight minutes in when senior Danielle Wasserman (Boulder, Colo.) volleyed the ball off a corner kick past Bison goalkeeper Sandita McDermott to the far post. Bison defender Hannah Bonnotto was in the right spot, however, and headed the ball off the goal line to keep the early shutout alive.
Bucknell got on the board with 17:40 remaining in the half when Nicinski took a pass from fellow classmate Courtney Nelson off a Holy Cross defender and broke away. She fired the ball past Crusader goalkeeper Carly McCabe (Barrington, R.I.) to make the score 1-0. The Bison took the lead into halftime but the Crusaders came out on the attack in the second half.
Holy Cross outshot the Bison 6-5 in the second frame but was unable to net a game-tying tally. Senior Maura Fox (Shrewsbury, Mass.) led the Crusaders with four shots in the game including two on goal. The Bison outshot Holy Cross overall, 16-11.
McCabe made seven saves on eight shots and is now 4-3-1 on the season. McDermott saved all five shots she faced to improve to 8-6-0 while recording her fifth shutout this year.
The Crusaders will continue Patriot League action on the road on Sunday, Oct. 7, traveling to Colgate for a 1:00 p.m. match.