FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied four goals and one assist for five points, while senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) netted four goals giving her 102 for her career as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Sacred Heart, 16-8, at Campus Field on Saturday. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Pioneers fall to 0-2.
Sutton is the seventh player in program history to score 100 career goals. Senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) extended her point scoring streak to 28 straight games and her goal scoring streak to 25 games with three goals and one assist, while junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) extended her goal scoring streak to 21 games with two goals and two assists.
The Crusaders scored the first six goals of the game to take a 6-0 lead. Hennessey netted the first goal of the contest off a pass from Zebrowski, while Zebrowski then found the back of the net. After a free-position goal by Ryan, Zebrowski scored off an assist by Ryan. Sutton netted her first goal of the game on a free-position shot and then Hennessey increased the lead to 6-0 with her second goal with 24:19 remaining in the first half. With the score now 6-1, Sutton found the back of the net on a free-position shot for her 100th career goal. With the game now 7-2, Sutton tallied her 12th career hat-trick and second of the season with a goal off a pass from freshman MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.). Jacqueline Zlevor found the back of the net for the Pioneers for the last goal of the half as the Crusaders led 8-3.
Holy Cross netted three consecutive goals to start the second half and to take an 11-3 advantage. Zebrowski tallied her 15th career hat-trick and her second of the season when she scored the first goal of the second half. After a goal by Sutton off an assist from Hennessey, Ryan netted her second goal of the contest. After a goal by Zlevor, senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) scored on a free-position shot to make it a 12-4 score with 13:50 left. After the Pioneers posted two straight goals, sophomore Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored her first two collegiate goals. Freshman Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) assisted on the first goal and Hennessey assisted on the second goal. With the score now 14-8, Ryan scored the last two goals of the game for the 16-8 final. Freshman Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) assisted on the first goal. Ryan now has eight career hat-tricks with two this season.
Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made 12 saves for a .600 save percentage to improve to 3-2 on the season, while Kelly Keenan made 11 saves for the Pioneers. Holy Cross outshot Sacred Heart, 31-23, while the Crusaders tallied 17 ground balls and the Pioneers posted 15. Holy Cross secured 13 draw controls and Sacred Heart tallied 12. The Crusaders went 4-6 on free-position shots and the Pioneers went 1-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, March 7, when they travel to Washington, D.C., to take on George Washington at 3:30 p.m.