Women's Lacrosse Defeats Mount St. Mary's, 12-10
DENVER, Colo. - Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) recorded one goal and four assists for five points, while sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored a career-best four goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Mount St. Mary's, 12-10, on Wednesday morning in a neutral site game at Denver's Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in the first ever meeting between the two schools. With the win, the Crusaders earn their first victory of the season and improve to 1-3 overall, while the Mountaineers fall to 1-3 overall.
With her goal, Gardner now has 50 career goals as a Crusader. She also has 43 career assists which are tied for fourth all-time at Holy Cross. Sutton's four points were also a career-best as she has now scored at least one goal in 16 straight games. Senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) also had a strong offensive game with three goals and one assist for four points. Junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, while junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) posted one goal and one assist for two points. Freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) found the back of the net once and freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) had an assist.
Mount St. Mary's was led by Esther Rufolo who had three goals and one assist for four points, while Ashley Johnson scored two goals.
After Boylan netted the first goal of the game off an assist by Carrellas, the Mount responded with a goal by Emily Kirby to tie the game at 1-1. The Crusaders then moved out to a 3-1 advantage with a goal on a free-position shot by Zebrowski and a goal by Fenton off a pass from Gardner. Following two straight goals by the Mountaineers to tie the contest at 3-3, Holy Cross scored the last two goals of the first half for a 5-3 lead. Sutton found the back of the net after receiving the ball from Gardner and O'Leary, then scored an unassisted goal.
Mount St. Mary's started the second half with three consecutive goals to take a 6-5 lead, but goals by Fenton from Boylan and Gardner on a free-position shot gave the Crusaders back their one-goal advantage. After the Mountaineers tied the game at 7-7, Holy Cross took the lead for good with four straight goals. Sutton scored the first three, giving her four for the game. Her first goal came off an assist by Gardner, the second on a free-position shot and the third off a pass from Fenton. O'Leary made the score 11-7 with the eventual game-winner with 8:24 remaining in the half. With the score now 11-8, Fenton netted the Crusaders' final goal of the contest. Gardner assisted for her fifth point of the game. The Mount scored two late goals for the 12-10 final score.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) stopped nine shots for the Crusaders to earn the victory, while Brigid McTavish also made nine saves for the Mountaineers. Holy Cross outshot Mount St. Mary's, 28-23, while the Crusaders went 3-6 on free-position shot opportunities and the Mount went 4-8. Holy Cross picked up 11 ground balls and the Mountaineers picked up seven, while Mount St. Mary's earned 16 draw controls and Holy Cross recorded nine.
The Crusaders will return to action when they play at Denver on Saturday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. (ET), at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.