NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale outscored the Crusaders 5-1 in the first half and Devon Rhodes recorded three goals and two assists for five points for the Bulldogs as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 8-5, on Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 overall, while the Bulldogs start the season 1-0 overall.
Senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) led the Crusader offense with two goals, while junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.), sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each scored a goal. Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had an assist.
Jessica Sturgill scored two goals for the Bulldogs, while Kristen Chapman, Kaitlyn Flatley and Myra Trivella each scored a goal.
After Yale scored the first two goals of the game, Baird found the back of the net off a pass from Gardner. The Bulldogs closed the first half with three straight goals to increase their lead to 5-1.
Yale extended its lead to 6-1 with 27:10 left in the second half. The Crusaders then scored two consecutive goals to make it a 6-3 game. Sutton scored on a free-position shot and Boylan netted her first goal of the season. The Bulldogs then scored two more times for the 8-3 advantage. Holy Cross then netted the last two goals of the game for the 8-5 final score. Zebrowski scored her first collegiate goal with a free-position goal, while Baird scored her second goal of the contest with 35 seconds left.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 10 saves, while Whitney Quackenbush stopped 11 shots for Yale. The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders, 22-17, while Holy Cross went 2-4 on free-position shot opportunities and Yale went 0-1. Each team picked up 18 ground balls, while Yale earned eight draw controls and Holy Cross had six.
The Crusaders will travel to Denver, Colo., to play a neutral site contest versus Mount St. Mary's on March 3 at 12:00 p.m. (ET), while it will play Denver on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Both games will be played at Denver's Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.