AMHERST, Mass. - Jesse O'Donnell scored five goals for the Minutewomen as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to UMass, 15-6, in the Crusaders' season-opener on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1 overall, while the Minutewomen improve to 1-1 overall.
Senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) and sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scored two goals for Holy Cross, while junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) had one goal and one assist, and freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) recorded her first two collegiate assists. Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) scored one goal, while freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) posted her first collegiate assist.
Jackie Lyons was strong for UMass with three goals, while Haley Smith and Lauren Terracciano each had two goals.
The Minutewomen jumped out to a 5-0 lead when they scored five goals in the first 15:12 of the game. The Crusaders got on the scoreboard when Gardner found the back of the net off a pass by Zebrowski with 6:40 left in the first half to make the score 5-1. UMass then scored two more goals to close the half with a 7-1 advantage.
After the Minutewomen scored the first two goals of the second half to increase their lead to 9-1, the Crusaders responded with three straight goals to make it a 9-4 contest. Baird scored first on a free-position shot followed by a goal by Sutton off an assist by Carrellas. The third goal was netted by O'Leary also on a free-position shot. After a UMass goal, Sutton posted her second goal of the game. Carrellas assisted on the goal for her second career assist. The Minutewomen then went on to tally five straight goals to move out to a 15-5 lead. With just 12 seconds left in the half, Baird scored off a pass from O'Leary for the 15-6 final score.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made seven saves for the Crusaders, while Katie Florence stopped four shots for UMass. The Minutewomen outshot the Crusaders, 27-15, while UMass picked up 13 ground balls and Holy Cross had 10.
The Crusaders return to action when they play at New Hampshire on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m.