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Mary Patalita scored the game-winning goal in overtime against New Hampshire.
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Mary Patalita scored the game-winning goal in overtime against New Hampshire.

Crusaders Defeat New Hampshire In 11-10 Overtime Thriller

Holy Cross Athletics   03-01-2017


Score: Holy Cross 11, New Hampshire 10 (OT)
Records: Holy Cross (3-3), New Hampshire (0-4)

Location: Worcester, Mass.  (Kuzniewski Field at the Luth Athletic Complex)

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time: 5:05 p.m. 

The Lead: Senior Mary Patalita scored the game winning goal in overtime and posted a career-high four goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated New Hampshire, 11-10, on Wednesday night. This is the first time the Crusaders have defeated the Wildcats since 2006. 



  • New Hampshire opened the scoring with four unanswered goals, two each from seniors Marissa Gurello and Devon Croke. 
  • Senior captain Tess MacKay got the Crusaders on the board off a pass from sophomore Molly Pfaff with 18:44 left in the first half.  
  • After another goal by Croke, the Crusaders went on a three-goal run, as MacKay, senior captain Maddie Ward and sophomore Baker Earl each found the back of the net to make it a 5-4 game. 
  • With 5:33 left in the first half, Carly Wooters scored for the Wildcats as New Hampshire took a 6-4 lead into the half.   
  • The Crusaders opened the second half with two straight goals from Ward and MacKay to tie up the game at 6-6. 
  • After the Wildcats regained the lead, Patalita tied it up 7-7 with 17:38 on the clock.  
  • With 12:45 left in regulation, Croke took back the lead for the Wildcats, but Patalita answered again with the equalizer at 9:56.  
  • New Hampshire scored two straight to make it 10-8, then freshman Audrey Mandaro cut the deficit to one and Patalita tied it up again with just 1:15 left in regulation at 10-10 to send the game into overtime. 
  • With 42.3 seconds left in overtime, Patalita tallied her fourth goal on a free position shot to give the Crusaders the 11-10 victory. 


  • New Hampshire outshot Holy Cross, 32-26. 
  • Junior goalie Julia Maloney made eight saves for the Crusaders, while Wildcat goalie Kate Clancy also had eight saves. 
  • Holy Cross secured 14 draw controls, while New Hampshire had nine. New Hampshire recorded 19 ground balls, while Holy Cross picked up 14. 
  • The Crusaders went 6-9 on free-position shots, while the Wildcats went 2-7. 


  • Holy Cross' victory was the first time the Crusaders have defeated New Hampshire since 2006, and is their third victory in program history since first playing New Hampshire in 1983. Their other win came in 1996. 
  • Patalita's game winner was the first of her career as she tallied a career-high four goals and posted her first career hat trick. 
  • The hat trick by MacKay was her second of the season and the sixth of her career. 
  • The Crusaders are 3-1 at home this season


  • The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 7 when they travel to Vermont  for a  3:00 p.m. game. 


  • 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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