Maddie Ward
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Mark Seliger Photography
Maddie Ward

Women's Lacrosse Defeated By Lafayette

Holy Cross Athletics   04-15-2017

THE BASICS: 

Score: Lafayette 21, Holy Cross 15

Records: Holy Cross (6-8, 1-5 Patriot League); Lafayette (10-4, 5-1 Patriot League)

Location: Easton, Pa. (Fisher Stadium)

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. 

The Lead: Jane Kirby and Kirsten Wilhelmsen each scored six goals for the Leopards as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team fell to Lafayette, 21-15, in Patriot League action on Saturday. Senior Maddie Ward led the Crusaders with two goals and two assists for four points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Senior Tess MacKay gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead with a goal just 22 seconds after the opening draw control.
  • After Wilhemsen tied the game at 1-1, sophomore Baker Earl netted a goal on a free-position shot.
  • Lafayette then took its first lead of the contest at 3-2 with two straight goals, but freshman Audrey Mandaro tied the game at 3-3 with 23:58 left in the first half.
  • With the Crusaders now trailing 4-3, freshman Maggie Moriarty and sophomore Molly Pfaff each found the back of the net as the Crusaders took a 5-4 advantage.
  • After the Leopards scored twice, freshman Bryn Carroll tied the contest at 6-6 with 9:42 left in the first half.
  • Lafayette then closed out the half on a three-goal scoring streak to take a 9-6 lead.
  • After Pfaff netted her second goal of the game, Wilhemsen posted two straight goals to increase the lead to 11-7.
  • Senior Mary Patalita found the back of the net for the Crusaders, but two goals by the Leopards made it a 13-8 contest with 21:20 remaining.
  • Ward recorded her first goal of the game, but Wilhemsen then netted her fifth. Junior Kerianne Moran found the back of the net, but Kristin Schaen answered as the Leopards led 15-10.
  • With 16:42 remaining, MacKay cut the lead to 15-11, but five consecutive goals by the Leopards made it a 20-11 game with 11:21 left.
  • Goals by Ward, Moran and Earl cut the lead to 20-14, but Kirby scored her sixth goals to increase the lead to 21-14.
  • Patalita posted her second goal with 3:22 remaining but the Crusaders were unable to score again for the 21-15 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Lafayette outshot Holy Cross, 44-31.
  • Junior Julia Maloney made 10 saves and freshman Juliana Kubler posted one. Allie Abacherli made four saves to earn the win.
  • Lafayette secured 26 draw controls and the Crusaders posted 12.
  • The Leopards picked up 26 groundballs, while the Crusaders tallied 20.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Senior Anna Johnson now has a team-best 45 draw controls this season which are sixth all-time in program history for a season. Her 25 caused turnovers are eighth.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 19, when they host Turnpike Trophy rival Boston University at 7:05 p.m.

 KEEP CONNECTED: 

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossWLax, Instagram holycrosswlax 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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