Women's Lacrosse Earns 12-10 Victory Over Vermont

Meg O'Leary

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each recorded three goals and two assists for five points, while junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 15 saves as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 12-10, on Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders’ first regular season game played at the new Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-4 overall, while the Catamounts fall to 1-3 overall.

Both players’ five-point performance are a career best. Junior Meg O’Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) posted three goals and one assist for four points. She now has 51 career goals. Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) scored three goals, while junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) had one assist.  

Vermont was led by Allison Pfohl who recorded three goals, while Alison Haigh and Megan MacDonald each scored two goals.

After O’Leary scored the first goal of the contest, Vermont tied the game at 1-1. The Crusaders took a 2-1 lead with a goal by Sutton of an assist by Boylan. The Catamounts responded with three straight goals to move out to a 4-2 advantage. Holy Cross tied the game at 4-4 with a goal by Gardner off a pass from O’Leary and a free-position shot goal by Zebrowski. After Vermont netted a goal, Gardner found the back of the net off a pass by Zebrowski for the last goal of the first half.

With the game tied at 5-5, Vermont started the second half with two consecutive goals to take a 7-5 lead, but free-position shot goals by Sutton and Gardner tied the contest at 7-7. After the Catamounts scored, Holy Cross scored three unanswered goals to take a 10-8 lead. O’Leary and Zebrowski posted unassisted goals, while Sutton scored off an assist from Zebrowski. With the Crusaders now leading by one goal at 10-9, Zebrowski scored her first collegiate game-winner off a pass by Sutton. With 3:31 left O’Leary scored off an assist by Sutton to make the score 12-9. Vermont scored the last goal of the game for the 12-10 final score.   

Taylor Hadcock stopped two shots for Vermont. The Catamounts outshot the Crusaders 33-20, while Holy Cross went 3-6 on free-position shot opportunities and Vermont went 1-9. The Catamounts picked up 16 ground balls and the Crusaders earned 10, while Holy Cross secured 13 draw controls and Vermont posted 11.

The Crusaders will return to action when they play Boston College on Wednesday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m., at the new Holy Cross Field.