WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) netted three goals and junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) tallied one goal and one assist, but the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Denver, 16-8, on Saturday in non-conference action at Holy Cross Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-7 overall, while the Pioneers improve to 9-1 overall.
The Crusaders took the lead five minutes into the first half with an unassisted goal by Hennessey, extending her goal-scoring streak to 27 straight games. After Denver netted three straight goals to make it a 3-1 contest, Holy Cross picked up momentum with a goal from Ryan and another from sophomore Kim Corkum (Ipswitch, Mass.) whose second goal of the season tied up the game at 3-3. Denver quickly retaliated with a goal by Jenn Etzel and another from Mikayla Clark. With six minutes left, senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) found the back of the net with a goal assisted by sophomore Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) leaving the Pioneers with a 5-4 lead going into the half.
Denver held onto its lead going into the second half, scoring five goals within the first five minutes of play. The Crusaders broke Denver's streak with back-to-back goals as Ryan scored off a pass by Hennessey and senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) found the back of the net cutting the score to 10-6. Hennessey's assist gives her a team-best 28 points for the season while she also leads the team with 24 goals. After a quick goal from Denver, senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) scored on a free-position shot to make it an 11-7 game. Clark scored her fourth goal of the game for the Pioneers, followed by a goal from Ryan for the Crusaders with just under 11 minutes left of play. The goal gave Ryan her third hat-trick of the season and the ninth of her career. The Pioneers closed out the game with four unanswered goals, leaving the final score at 16-8.
Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) allowed 12 goals and made two saves as she played in 53:06, while junior goalie Maddie Parisi (Westport, Conn.) played in 6:54 and allowed four goals. Hannah Hook made 11 saves to earn the win. Denver outshot Holy Cross, 25-24, while the Pioneers picked up 15 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 17. Holy Cross secured 14 draw controls and Denver tallied 11, while the Crusaders went 1-5 on free-position shots and the Pioneers went 0-3.
The Crusaders return to action for a home game on Saturday, March 30, when they play Patriot League opponent Colgate at 12:00 p.m.