Women's Lacrosse Defeats Lafayette Behind Connors' Five Goals
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team edged Lafayette, 16-14, in its first Patriot League game of the 2018 season.
The Crusaders (3-6, 1-0 Patriot League) started the scoring from Kerianne Moran early in the game before the Leopards (3-5, 0-1 Patriot League) responded with two goals. After trading goals, Holy Cross kicked off a six goal run at 15:16 to take a 9-3. Lafayette added a goal to close the opening half, 9-4.
Lafayette kicked off the second half with three goals before Holy Cross struck again. The Leopards pestered to narrow the game within one goal at 20:32, then again at 14:17, and 10:48. Lafayette tied up the game at 9:42. Holy Cross fired off three goals to stop the Lafayette comeback and finish the game, 16-14.
First Half | HC 9 LC 4
- Holy Cross’ scoring started 45 seconds into the game by way of Kerianne Moran, assisted by Catherine Guanci.
- Lafayette tallied back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead for the only time of the day.
- Bryn Carroll and Keely Connors fired back at 23:38 and 23:35 to take the lead back.
- The Leopards scored their third goal of the half at 18:36 and did not score again until 3:47 of the first half.
- Baker Earl tallied her first of the day at 15:16 to generate a six goal run for the Crusaders.
- Connors completed her had trick with a free position shot then and goal assisted by Molly Pfaff at 14:36 and 12:16, respectively.
- Audrey Mandaro scored her first of the year with a goal at 9:51.
- Earl and Carroll each added their second goals of the day to close out the first half scoring.
Second Half | HC 16 LC 14
- The Leopards scored three goals to open the second half, narrowing the Crusader lead to 9-7.
- Moran kick started the Holy Cross offense for the second time, stopping Lafayette’s run at 25:12, 10-7.
- Lafayette scored two more goals to nearly even the game, 10-9, at 20:32.
- Holy Cross extended their lead once again, by way of Guanci at 14:17.
- The Leopards continued to battle with a goal at 12:46 to keep the game within one.
- Connors posted her fourth goal of the day to keep a 13-12 Crusader lead.
- Lafayette tallied two free position shots to tie the game at 9:32.
- Earl, Connors, and Moran each rifled off shots to take an insured 16-13 lead with 1:25 to play.
- Lafayette added a goal with less than one minute remaining, but the Holy Cross defense held of the Leopards from any further comeback attempts.
- Keely Connors scored five goals in the game and has now tallied nine goals in her last two outings.
- Kerianne Moran had four goals and Baker Earl recorded a hat trick.
- Catherine Guanci posted one goal and two assists and Molly Pfaff added her first two assists of the season.
- The Crusaders’ 16 goals is the most they have scored in the 2018 season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Holy Cross outshot Lafayette, 38-29.
- The Crusaders picked up 21 ground balls to the Leopards 15.
- Julia Maloney recorded 12 saves in the game.
Holy Cross will travel to Colgate for a 2:00 p.m. Patriot League match up on March 24 in Hamilton, N.Y.