WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) had a career performance, posting a hat trick along with two assists for five points as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Yale, 12-5, on Saturday at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-2 overall, while the Bulldogs start the season 0-1 overall. The win is the first ever for the Crusaders over Yale, as the Bulldogs had won the previous 14 games.
Sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) also had a strong outing, scoring two goals and recording two assists while freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored three goals, as this is already her second career hat trick. Senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece. With her strong performance recording two goals, Sutton currently has the second-longest goal-scoring streak in the country at 32 games. Boylan recorded an outstanding eight ground balls. Senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) both recorded an assist.
The Holy Cross win also featured a strong performance from senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.)
recording her 500th career save, becoming just the third Crusader to ever accomplish the feat.
Yale was led by Caroline Crow who scored two goals.
Holy Cross wasted no time, getting off to a quick 5-0 lead in the first half. Hennessey scored the first three goals of the game, followed by Rudden and Boylan. Yale then retaliated with three goals of its own before Sutton netted two goals late in the half for the Crusaders.
Yale came out firing in the second half, scoring a quick goal at the 27:43 mark, but Holy Cross was able to come back with goals by Boylan and Rudden at the 17:59 and 17:23 marks respectively. After a goal by Yale, the Crusaders finished strong, netting three unanswered goals to finish the contest. Zebrowski scored at 4:12, Rudden at 2:53 and Zebrowski scored again at the :50 mark.
Martin recorded six saves to earn the win while freshman Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.
) made her collegiate debut as she made two saves in the last 12:02. Yale goalies Whitney Quackenbush and Erin McMullan combined for seven saves in the loss, as Quackenbush made one and McMullan made six. The Crusaders outshot the Bulldogs by a 25-21 margin, while picking up 23 ground balls compared to 13 by the visitors. Yale held the advantage in draw controls as they recorded 12 compared to Holy Cross' seven. Yale went 2-6 on free-position shots as the Crusaders went 3-5.
The Crusaders return to action when they play at Fairfield in Fairfield, Conn., on Tuesday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m.