September 06, 2013
Crusaders tame Lions' roarLauren Cram wasted little time starting her collegiate field hockey career on the right foot against Albright.
The first-year took a pass from junior forward Brodie Ercole in the middle of the box in the fourth minute and beat the goalkeeper low to put Susquehanna on top 1-0.
The Crusaders continued to pepper Albright senior goalkeeper Marguerite DeLucas, with Cram firing in the seventh minute, trying to add to her total.
A shot from Ercole later hit the crossbar, but the Crusaders were not kept out of the net for long. Off of a pass from first-year forward Emily Novakovich, senior mid Erica Reichart found the back of the net.
Late in the half, Ercole had her chance to get on the board in the 32nd minute. After her shot was stopped by DeLucas at the 30:50 mark in the first, Ercole beat DeLucas at 31:08 to extend the Crusaders lead to 3-0 at halftime.
Shots were at a premium in the second half as neither team was able to find the back of the cage until late in the game.
Off of a penalty corner in the 68th minute, Albright was able to avoid a shutout, when Morgan Rainieri passed to Sara Barr for the goal to cut the Crusaders lead to 3-1.
Neither team was able to attempt a shot during the final two minutes.
The win over Albright allowed the Crusaders to split the weekend after a loss to St. John Fisher on Friday.
"As a team, we did much better [on Saturday] and played how our team and coaches played knew we really could play," Cram said. "Everyone fixed what they were doing wrong from Friday and with that, we were able to finish and score three goals."
The Crusaders used a distinct shot advantage to grab the victory, out-shooting Albright, 24-5.
St. John Fisher 3, Susquehanna 0
Despite firing 30 shots during the game, Susquehanna was unable to find the back of the net.
St. John Fisher scored in the 15th minute to grab a lead, taking the lead into halftime.
The Crusaders had chances in the first half, including a shot from Novakovich in the 22nd minute that bounced off of the post, but were unable to convert on any of them.
St. John Fisher nursed a 1-0 lead until late in the second half, when Marissa Vedella scored for the Cardinals in the 64th minute.
The Cardinals added a goal in the 69th minute.
Junior forward Stacie Skidmore notched two assists for the Cardinals.
Crusaders sophomore midfielder Katherine Millett took eight shots during the game, but was unable to secure a goal on any of them.
The Crusaders will be back in action tomorrow at Dickinson at 11 a.m.
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