PEABODY — The Bishop Fenwick field hockey team sent wave after wave of offense at visiting Notre Dame Academy yesterday but with some bad bounces and a few missed swipes, the Crusaders managed only one goal in the bout.
The heavy emphasis on offense left Fenwick open to some potential counter attacks by the Cougars but near perfect play in the midfield and on defense ensured the Crusaders the 1-0 win.
“We had a lot of opportunities in the circle,” explained Fenwick coach Mary Beth Mahoney. “We were getting the first shot but we need to do a better job picking up the rebound and finishing on the second and third opportunities.”
Bishop Fenwick (3-3-1) dominated possession from the start, piling 11 first half shots on opposing goalie Grace Pozniak, but it wasn’t until
there was just under three minutes left in the first half that the Crusaders were able to take the lead.
Just after a ball hopped over senior tri-captain Jen Jordan’s stick on an open opportunity in front of the net, the Crusaders were able to keep the ball in the Cougars’ end. Katie Hart sent a pass into the middle of the circle and after a Pozniak save, Andrea Klos settled the ball and swept it past the Notre Dame (2-2-3) keeper.
“It was the one example of where we followed through on our second opportunity,” explained Mahoney. “She (Klos) picked up the rebound off the goalie’s pads and was able to put it back in. She is a workhorse in the circle. She keeps trying and trying and she helps us create a lot of opportunities there.”
Klos was one of many active attackers for the Crusaders. Jordan created many of Fenwick’s opportunities from the right wing and kept her intensity all the way through the second half even after she took a Cougar clear attempt off the side of the face.