WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.) scored three goals to lead the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team to a 9-7 victory over American at Holy Cross Field. The Crusaders improve to 4-5 on the season and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Eagles fall to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The score was later tied 5-5 at halftime, before sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored off a pass from sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) to give Holy Cross the lead for good. Giorgio then netted the next two goals to put the Crusaders up by three, before American's Emily Maher scored to cut the margin to 8-6. Senior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) would give Holy Cross a 9-6 advantage with just over five minutes remaining, and a goal by Maher with 2:23 on the clock would be all the Eagles could muster the rest of the way as the Crusaders pulled out the victory.
Junior Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) finished the afternoon with two goals and two assists for Holy Cross. Hennessey added two goals and one assist, and has now scored in 41 consecutive games. American was led by Maher with three goals.
Senior Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) earned the victory for the Crusaders, making eight saves while allowing seven goals in 60 minutes of action. Jackie Ferri took the loss for the Eagles, surrendering nine goals and making eight saves.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, March 19, when it travels to Boston University for a 6:00 p.m. game.