Women's Lacrosse Defeats Sacred Heart, 14-9
DELAND, Fla. – Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) tallied a career-best five points with two goals and three assists, while senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) each scored four goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Sacred Heart, 14-9, on Wednesday afternoon at the Stetson Athletic Training Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-4 overall, while the Pioneers fall to 0-3 overall.
Junior Sophia Agostinelli (Framingham, Mass.) led the Crusaders with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Hennessey ranked first on the team with five draw controls. The Pioneers were led by Shelby Vaccaro who tallied four goals and one assist for five points.
Just 35 seconds after the game started, Hennessey gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead to extend her goal scoring streak to 38 games, but Kylie Calandra then tied the game at 1-1 with 25:26 left in the first half. The Crusaders moved out to a 3-1 lead with a goal by freshman Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) from Concilio and a goal by Hennessey from junior Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio). Following a goal by Jenna Liljeberg, the Crusaders netted three consecutive goals to take a 6-2 advantage. Hennessey started the streak with her third goal of the contest for her third hat trick of the season and the 17th of her career. Concilio assisted on the goal. Smith then netted the next two goals. The Pioneers closed out the half by scoring three straight as the Crusaders took a 6-5 lead to the half.
Russert posted the first goal of the second half off a pass by sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) with 27:51 left. Concilio then found the back of the net to increase the lead to 8-5. After the Pioneers responded with two goals, freshman Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.), Smith and Hennessey each netted a goal to make it a 11-7 game. Freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.) assisted on Ward's goal and Concilio assisted on Hennessey's goal. The goal for Smith was her third of the game for her first collegiate hat trick. With the score now 11-8 after a goal by Liljeberg, Smith, Concilio and Ward each found the back of the net to extend the lead to 14-8. Sophomore MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) posted an assist on the goal by Concilio. With just six seconds remaining, Vaccaro scored the last goal of the game for the 14-9 final score.
Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made six saves to earn the win, while Kelly Keenan tallied 12 saves for the Pioneers. HC outshot SHU, 35-18, while the Crusaders picked up 25 ground balls and the Pioneers posted 23. The Crusaders secured 15 draw controls and the Pioneers tallied 10.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 8 when they will start Patriot League play by hosting Colgate at Holy Cross Field at 1:00 p.m.
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