Helen Starrs | Editor
The field hockey team (5-7) battled Holy Cross (3-9) as a part of the St. Joe’s Philly Classic on Sunday, Oct. 7.
The embattled Holy Cross team has struggled considerably this season but won their last two games against Colgate and Lehigh, outscoring their two opponents by an 8-1 margin.
Amanda Chapin started the scoring for the Explorers six minutes into the game with her third goal of the season.
Chapin was one of many Explorers to find the back of the cage in La Salle’s 9-1 win over LIU Brooklyn last week.
Mackenzie Karcher assisted the goal. The assist was her third of the season.
The Crusaders took control following the goal.
Holy Cross sophomore Minke Kooman came off the bench and put the Crusaders on the board with a goal six minutes later. The goal was her first of the season.
The Crusaders’ Emily Loprete gave Holy Cross the lead just three minutes later, scoring her ninth goal of the season unassisted against Emma Provost.
Holy Cross went up 3-1 on a goal scored by sophomore Olivia Venezia 18 minutes into the game.
Looking to get back in it, Coach Kelly Broadway substituted sophomore goalkeeper Emelynn Sneary into her third game of the season to replace Provost.
Sneary kept the Crusaders for the rest of the half and the Explorers went into the half trailing 3-1.
La Salle had the edge in both shots (7-6) and corners (6-1) but couldn’t find the back of the cage in the latter part of the opening half.
Chapin struck again for La Salle early in the season half. The junior from Gambrills, Md. scored her second goal of the day to put the Explorers within one.
With momentum on their side, the Blue and Gold managed to score the equalizer less than two minutes later.
Karcher was the goal scorer this time.
Lauren Lechleitner scored 13 minutes into the half to put the Explorers up 4-3.
The goal was Lechleitner’s third in three games, scoring one goal in the Explorers two previous match-ups.
Holy Cross responded seven minutes later with a goal from Keely Smith to tie the game at three goals apiece.
The last 15 minutes of the half were quiet as the two teams battled for the advantage and the game went into overtime to break the tie.
Four minutes was all the time Holy Cross needed to slip one past Sneary to take the win over La Salle, their third win in three games.
Loprete was the overtime hero for the Crusaders, scoring her tenth goal of the season and second of the game.
Later, host school and A-10 rival St. Joe’s defeated Temple 6-0. Junior forward Anna Willocks had three of the Hawks’ goals set the program record for goals with 68.
The Explorers look to earn their first A-10 win this weekend with home match-ups against Richmond (4-9, 1-2, A10) on Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and Virginia Commonwealth (5-1, 4-0, A10) Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.