Jennalise Taylor's (Yardley, Pa.) first career goal with under a minute to play in the first half held up as the Quinnipiac field hockey team defeated Holy Cross, 1-0, in Worcester, Mass. The Bobcats' win is their third-straight season-opening win as they start the year at 1-0.
"We did a fierce job of putting pressure on them defensively and causing a lot of turnovers," head coach Becca Main said. "We just moved Jennalise [Taylor] to midfield, and we're very pleased with her output."
Taylor's goal came with less than a minute to play in the first half when the Bobcats were rewarded a corner. Freshman Haley Swartz (Downington, Pa.) took the corner for the Bobcats, pushing the ball out to Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.). Zimniski put a shot on goal that was stopped by Holy Cross' Kat Matchett, but collected by Taylor in front. Taylor put a hard shot on goal that beat the Crusaders' goalie and gave the Bobcats an early lead heading into halftime.
"We had some great open field play by Lauren Zimniski and Amanda Danziger. I'd say we dominated our half of the field," Main said. "I'm very proud of Nicole Lewis, she was great in goal and really controlled the game."
Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) stopped all six of the Crusaders' shots on goal for her first shutout of the season and fourth of her career. Lewis stopped all five shots on goal in the first half and went seemingly untested down the stretch to hang on for the win. The win was also Lewis' 18th of her career, leaving her four wins from Jenna Grossman for third place all-time.
"Our defense was great today," Lewis said. "I think we've really gelled as a unit and come together as a team. They were great and this was a great win for us."
The Bobcats return home on Sunday, Aug. 26 for their home opener when they host Towson at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex. Live stats and audio, provided by QBSN, will be available at the start of the game.
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