Field Hockey Scores Four in Second Half to Top Lehigh, 4-1
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross field hockey team shut out Lehigh in the second half while scoring four goals of its own to beat the Mountain Hawks, 4-1, Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh got out to an early lead in just the third minute of play when Lindsay Alvarez scored off the assist from Mauri Ware to give the Mountain Hawks the 1-0 advantage. Despite opportunities by both sides, the score would remain the same for the rest of the first half.
The Crusaders came out energized in the second half and starting in the 52nd minute, scored two goals within 19 seconds. First, sophomore Minke Koomen found senior Emily Loprete who made a move around the oncoming goalkeeper and buried the shot into an open goal. Then, 19 seconds later, junior Philomena Fitzgerald brought the ball down the left side of the field, along the back line, and beat the goal keeper for an impressive solo effort and her first goal of the season.
The Crusaders weren’t done there. Up 2-1, senior Suzanne Noone found a streaking Fitzgerald who beat the goalie again to go up 3-1. Finally, with less than two minutes to play, Holy Cross added an exclamation point when they sent a long pass up the entire length of the field to junior Megan Mulherin who passed it across to Noone, who deposited her first strike of the day and second of the season.
The Crusaders are back in action tomorrow when they take on nonconference opponent La Salle at 3:00 p.m.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Lehigh outshot Holy Cross, 19-16.
- Loprete’s goal increased her team lead to eight, and Noone’s assist increased her team-leading mark to four.
- Junior goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante recorded 10 saves to Lehigh’s three.