DURHAM, N.H. - Hayley Rausch scored four goals and had one assist for the Wildcats as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to New Hampshire, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2 overall, while the Wildcats start the season 1-0 overall.
Senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.), senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.), sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) each scored a goal for the Crusaders, while senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had an assist.
Shaunna Kaplan also had a strong game for UNH as she posted one goal and four assists, while Kate Keagins recorded two goals and one assist.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by Kaplan after just 39 seconds had elapsed off the clock. The Crusaders responded with a goal by Fenton off a free-position shot for her first goal of the season to tie the contest at 1-1. But UNH then went on to score four straight goals to move out to a 5-1 advantage. Holy Cross made the score 5-2 when Baird found the back of the net off a pass by Gardner. The goal was Baird's third of the season. After the Wildcats answered with a goal, Carrellas scored on a free-position shot for her first collegiate goal as the first half ended with UNH leading, 6-3.
New Hampshire outscored Holy Cross 4-1 in the second half for the 10-4 victory. UNH scored the first three goals of the half before Sutton posted her third goal of the season with 51 seconds left. With just five seconds remaining, the Wildcats scored the last goal of the game.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) stopped 15 shots for the Crusaders, while Kate Gunts made six saves for UNH. New Hampshire outshot Holy Cross, 29-14, while the Crusaders picked up 16 ground balls, including junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Sara Cox (Chatham, N.J.) who each earned four ground balls, while the Wildcats had 13 ground balls. New Hampshire earned nine draw controls and Holy Cross had seven, while the Crusaders went 2-4 on free-position shot opportunities and UNH went 1-5.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to play Yale on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m.