November 09, 2012
Field hockey ends season
The Crusaders (6-13 overall, 3-3 Landmark Conference) came into the game with the Cardinals (11-7, 5-1) as the number four seed in the tournament after clinching a berth with a win over Moravian on Oct. 27. The top-seeded Cardinals narrowly defeated the Crusaders, 3-2, in Selinsgrove in the regular season.
"It was tough losing in the first round. We wanted to defy the odds and beat the top team, which would allow us to seek revenge upon the other two conference teams that had defeated us during the regular season," Bradley said.
The Cardinals struck first in the ninth minute on a goal from sophomore midfielder/back Maura Campbell. The Cardinals earned a penalty corner in the eighth minute and took advantage of the opportunity to grab an early lead.
After a series of fouls by both teams, Campbell had a hand in the second Cardinals goal, assisting sophomore forward Colleen Harwood on her 11th goal of the year at the 13:14 mark.
The Crusaders were held to one shot in the loss, while Catholic took a total of 33, 20 in the first half and 13 in the second. Senior forward Ally Bradley was responsible for the Crusaders' shot on goal in the 32nd minute.
The attempt came between penalty corner chances for the Crusaders, but both were denied by the Cardinals defense.
Junior goalkeeper Margaret Ruth made 20 saves for the Crusaders in the loss as the Catholic offense continued peppered Ruth with shots and kept play in their offensive zone.
The Cardinals scored the final goal of the game in the 45th minute to seal the win.
Harwood had the assist as the Cardinals relied on their top three scorers in Harwood, Wright and freshman forward Hayley Wright for the win.
"After the game, it was hard to swallow that our season was over but with the love and support of my teammates, coaching staff and family, I was able to focus on what an amazing experience I had over my four years on the team and was very proud of everything we'd accomplished together," Bradley said.
Head coach Kaitlyn Wahila expressed optimism for the future of the program.
"In looking toward the future, we are hoping to continue to build a program based off of respect for one another, our program and the university," Wahila said. "Our focus in the off-season will be with strength and conditioning and skill work."
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