WORCESTER, Mass. – Kimberly Sniffen scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left in overtime for the Bulldogs as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Bryant, 8-7, on Wednesday afternoon at Holy Cross Field in the season-opener for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1, while the Bulldogs begin 1-0.
The Crusaders were led by senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) who tallied two goals and one assist for three points. Hennessey extended her goal scoring streak to 33 straight games and now has 96 career goals. Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) netted two goals. Bryant was led by Sniffen who posted two goals and two assists for four points.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Concilio scored two straight goals to open the game. The Bulldogs then netted three straight goals to move out to a 3-2 advantage. With 1:45 left in the first half, Hennessey scored her first goal of the season on a free-position shot to tie the contest at 3-3. Then with just 44 seconds remaining, freshman Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) netted her first collegiate goal to give the Crusaders a 4-3 lead at the half.
After the Bulldogs took a 5-4 lead in the second half with goals by Haley Bloom and Olivia McCarthy, junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tied the contest at 5-5 with a goal off of an assist by Hennessey with 23:59 left in the second half. Just 32 seconds later, Hennessey scored her second goal of the game as she found the back of the goal off of an assist by Ryan. The Bulldogs went back in front as Vendel and Sniffen each scored a free-position goal. With 3:43 left, sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) tied the game at 7-7. The game would remain tied until Sniffen stole the ball in the Crusader zone and then found the back of the net with just 12 seconds left in overtime. The Crusaders won the ensuing draw control but were unable to get a shot off for the 8-7 final score.
Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made eight saves, while Brianna Watt posted five saves to earn the victory. Bryant outshot Holy Cross, 30-17, while the Crusaders picked up 24 ground balls and the Bulldogs tallied 16. Bryant won 10 draw controls and Holy Cross took nine. The Bulldogs went 2-7 on free-position shots and the Crusaders went 2-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 18, when they travel to Amherst, Mass., to meet No. 12 UMass at 3:00 p.m. at McGuirk Stadium.