DENVER, Colo. - Ali Flury scored five goals to lead the Pioneers as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Denver, 12-6, on Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-4 overall, while the Pioneers improve to 6-2 overall.
Sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) led the Holy Cross offense with two points each as Sutton posted two goals and Zebrowski had one goal and one assist. Senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.), senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) and freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) each scored one goal, while junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) had one assist.
Kara Secora was also strong for Denver with two goals and two assists for four points.
The Crusaders scored the first two goals of the game to take a 2-0 lead. Baird netted the first goal on a free-position shot and then Sutton found the back of the net off a pass by O'Leary with 17:06 left in the first half. The Pioneers then scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 advantage. After Holy Cross tied the contest at 3-3 with a goal by Carrellas, Denver posted three straight goals to close the half with a 6-3 lead.
The Pioneers recorded the first three goals of the second half to increase their lead to 9-3. Holy Cross made it a 9-4 game when Gardner scored off an assist from Zebrowski with 12:39 remaining in the half, but Denver responded with a goal just 10 seconds later. Zebrowski recorded her second point of the contest when she scored with 11:16 left to go to cut the Pioneers' lead to 10-5. After Denver tallied two straight goals, Sutton recorded the last goal of the game with 44 seconds left for her second goal of the contest and the 12-6 final score.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) stopped 11 shots for the Crusaders. Ashley Harman made five saves in the first 42:14 to earn the victory, while Katie Gold stopped five shots in the last 17:46. Denver outshot Holy Cross, 31-26, while the Crusaders went 1-13 in free-position shot opportunities and the Pioneers went 3-8. Denver picked up seven ground balls and Holy Cross had four, while the Pioneers earned 12 draw controls and the Crusaders recorded eight.
The Crusaders will return to action when they play their first home game of the season at the new Holy Cross Field with a contest versus Vermont on Saturday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.