The Lead: With the game tied at 10-10 with 5:16 left in the second half, senior Mary Patalitaposted two straight goals as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team defeated American, 12-10, in Patriot League action on Saturday. Patalita led the Crusaders with three goals and two assists for five points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After American netted the first three goals of the game, the Crusaders answered by scoring four straight to take a 4-3 lead with 13:34 left in the first half. Patalita, sophomore Molly Pfaffand seniorMaddie Ward each scored.
The Eagles then moved out to a 5-4 advantage by scoring two consecutive goals.
Sophomore Baker Earl tied the game at 5-5, but a goal by Madison Hoon with 3:38 remaining gave American a 6-5 lead at the half.
The Crusaders started the second half with three straight goals to take an 8-6 lead with 20:06 left. Ward, freshman Emma Gill and senior Avery Giorgio each found the back of the net.
After Amanda Medjid posted a goal for the Eagles, freshman Bryn Carroll recorded a goal.
But the Eagles responded with the two goals to tie the contest at 9-9 with 10:29 left.
The Crusaders took a 10-9 lead when junior Kerianne Moran scored on a free-position shot with 9:29 remaining.
Medjid then tied the game at 10-10 with 5:30 left, but just 14 seconds later Patalita found the back of the net as the Crusaders took an 11-10 lead.
Then with 4:07 remaining, Patalita netted her second straight goal and her third of the game to make it a 12-10 contest.
The Crusaders were able to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard for the 12-10 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Holy Cross outshot American, 31-27.
Junior Julia Maloney made seven saves for the Crusaders, while Fiona Geier posted 10 for American.
Holy Cross secured 14 draw controls, while the Eagles posted 10.
The Crusaders picked up 23 groundballs, while American tallied 22.
Holy Cross went 3-5 on free-position shots, while the Eagles went 7-11.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
Patalita now has five career hat tricks. She leads the team with three game-winning goals this season.
Senior Anna Johnsonhas a team-best 51 draw controls this season which are tied for fourth all-time in program history for a season. Her 28 caused turnovers are also tied for fourth. Her 81 career draw controls are ranked ninth all-time.
The Crusaders will conclude the season on Saturday, April 29, when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate at 1:00 p.m.
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