Molly Pfaff
Molly Pfaff

Women's Lacrosse Downs American, 12-10

Holy Cross Athletics   04-21-2018
Stat Comparison
Category HC AU
Goals 12 10
Shots 47 21
Ground Balls 31 19
Draw Contols 18 6
Saves 6 20
Caused TOs 16 6
Clears 18-19 19-28
Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team defeated American, 12-10, at Kuzniewski Field on Senior Day.

The Crusaders (6-10, 4-4 PL) got on the board 45 seconds into the game and even extended their lead to 4-1 midway through the first half. American (3-12, 0-7 PL) pestered to put up three goals in the final 10 minutes of the half. Holy Cross held a 6-4 advantage at the half, but American kicked off a three goal run to start the second half.

With 23:02 to play in regulation, American took an 8-7 lead over Holy Cross. The Crusaders scored two quick goals to take back the lead and outscored the Eagles 5-2 in the final 22 minutes of action to win the game, 12-10.

TALKING POINTS

The Crusaders went 18-19 on the clear. Holy Cross held American to 19 clears on 28 attempts.

Keely Connors posted a game-high nine draw controls and added a hat trick.

With five ground balls and four caused turnovers, Audrey Mandaro continues to lead the Crusaders.

Maggie Moriarty recorded a career-high four assists.

First Half | HC 6 AU 4

  • Baker Earl scored at 29:15 on a play assisted by Maggie Moriarty.
  • American evened the game at 28:19.
  • Earl tallied her second of the day on a free position shot at 24:58.
  • At 21:04 Bryn Carroll scored her 15th of the season and added an assist a little over four minutes later when Shannon Dudeck scored to put Holy Cross ahead, 4-1.
  • American added a goal at 10:51.
  • Molly Pfaff scored at 10:03.
  • American contained the Crusaders lead to 5-3 at 9:42.
  • Kerianne Moran posted a free position shot at 7:14.
  • American closed the first half scoring at 1:19.

Second Half | HC 12 AU 10

  • The Eagles fired off three goals to start the second half at 29:31, 26:37, and 25:44 to take a 7-6 lead.
  • Carroll scored her second of the day to knot the game at 7-7. Moriarty added an assist on the goal.
  • At 23:02, American topped the Crusaders again, 8-7.
  • Keely Connors found the back of the net for the first time of the game at 22:11, assisted by Moriarty.
  • Connors tallied the go-ahead goal at 20:33, 9-8.
  • Riley Bergholtz was assisted by Moriarty at 18:46 to give Holy Cross a two-goal lead.
  • Izzy Grant scored her third of the season at 16:24.
  • American attempted to close the Crusader lead with goals at 6:14 and 4:58 to push the game to 11-10.
  • Connors solidified the game with an unassisted goal at 3:17.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Holy Cross outshot American, 47-21.
  • The Crusaders picked up 31 ground balls to American’s 19.
  • At the draw, Holy Cross won 18 and American won six.
  • The Crusaders caused 16 turnovers.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

The Crusaders sit in a tie for fifth place with a 4-4 league record. Holy Cross is tied with Colgate, with Army one game behind. Holy Cross is still in the running for a playoff berth, but unable to clinch until the final game of the season. 

UP NEXT

Holy Cross will play their regular season finale at No. 8 Loyola on April 28 at 1:00 p.m.

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