Tess MacKay celebrates the game-winning goal.
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Tess MacKay celebrates the game-winning goal.

Crusaders Defeat American In 14-13 Thriller

Holy Cross Athletics   04-23-2016

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 14, American 13

Records: Holy Cross (3-13, 3-5 PL), American (5-12, 2-7 PL)

Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kuzniewski Field)

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time: 1:05 p.m.

The Lead: With the game tied at 13-13, junior Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal with just 12 seconds left in regulation as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team defeated American, 14-13 in a thriller at Kuzniewski Field on Saturday, April 23. MacKay had five goals and one assist for six points for the Crusaders.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Senior Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) had the first goal when she rolled the crease and placed the ball behind the goalie in the net just 48 seconds into the game.
  • The Eagles then went on a six-goal run as Jessica Wojciechowski and Terese Buechli each scored two goals. Olivia Mangan and Jennifer DeSimone also posted goals for the Eagles. With 11:23 left in the first half, the Eagles led the Crusaders 6-1.
  • Freshman Alexis Leighton (Garden City, N.Y.) and Concilio then placed goals in the back of the net making the score 6-3, with 8:36 left in the half.
  • Wojciechowski then scored for the Eagles but senior Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) answered back with a beautiful goal between the top right posts, making the score 7-4, American with 5:20 left in the half.
  • DeSimone scored her second goal of the game off a pass from Mangan and was answered by MacKay off Concilio’s pass. The score was 8-5 American going into the second half.
  • In the first half, the Crusaders and the Eagles both had seven draw controls, Holy Cross picked up 11 ground balls to American’s four and the Eagles went 2-4 on free positions while the Crusaders went 1-1.
  • To start off the second half, American went on a three-goal run, but Holy Cross answered back when it scored four goals that were all assisted. The first was by junior Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) off Leighton’s assist. MacKay scored two goals in this run, one off Leighton’s assist and the other from freshman Keely Connors (Bedford, N.Y.). Senior MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) also scored off MacKay’s assist. With 14:12 left in regulation, the score was 11-9, American.
  • Wojciechowski scored for American but the Crusaders responded again with a three-goal run. Ward, Concilio and MacKay all scored for the Crusaders and MacKay’s goal was off Bozel’s assist making the score 12-12 with 4:11 left in the game.
  • Madison Hoon placed one in the back of the net for the Eagles but Concilio fed a pass to Leighton equalizing the score again making it 13-13 with 1:35 left in regulation.
  • Drollinger then secured the draw control for the Crusaders and MacKay landed the winning goal with 12 seconds left off a pass from Baker Earl (Ridgewood, N.J.) and the Crusaders won 14-13.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Holy Cross outshot American, 34-25.
  • Sophomore goaltender Julia Maloney (Loudonville, N.Y.) who played the first 38:54 of the game had three saves and senior goaltender Katie Boyle (Devon, Pa.) who played the final 21:06 had one save, while Fiona Geier made 12 saves.
  • The Crusaders had 16 draw controls to the Eagles’ 13 and picked up 17 groundballs to the Eagles’ eight.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • This is MacKay’s third game-winning goal of her career.
  • MacKay posted a career-best of five goals and one assist for six points.
  • MacKay’s hat-trick is her second of the season and fourth of her career.
  • With her three goals, this is Concilio’s second hat-trick of the season and the fifth of her career. With her two assists, Concilio now has 67 for her career which are third all-time in program history.
  • Concilio’s 19 assists this year are tied for ninth for a season in program history.
  • Leighton scored a career-best four points with her two goals and two assists.
  • Boyle had her first win of the season.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders will conclude the season on April 30 at 1:05 p.m. for their Senior Day game when they host Patriot League opponent Colgate.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossWLax, Instagram HCWLAX and on Facebook. You can get also get the latest news and results on the women's lacrosse team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here

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