HAMILTON, N.Y. – With the game tied at 13-13, Colleen Bubnack scored the game-winner with 2:30 left in the second half for the Raiders as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team fell to Colgate, 14-13, on Saturday at Tyler’s Field in the Patriot League season opener for Holy Cross. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-6 overall (0-1 Patriot League), while the Raiders improve to 4-4 overall (2-0 Patriot League).
Holy Cross was led by senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) who posted three goals and three assists for six points. Gardner reached 100 points for her career as she now has 58 goals and 46 assists for 104 points. Sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also had a strong performance with three goals and one assist for four points as she extended her goal scoring streak to 20 straight games. Senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) and junior Meg O’Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) each had two goals, while freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) also tallied two points with one goal and one assist. Junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) each scored one goal. Sutton earned five draw controls and senior MaryKate Finnegan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) picked up four ground balls.
Bubnack scored five goals and Meghan Lawler recorded four goals and two assists for six points for the Raiders.
After Colgate took a 2-0 lead, Gardner scored off a pass by Zebrowski. With the game now at 3-1, Carrellas found the back of the net and Sutton scored on a free-position shot to tie the contest. The Raiders responded with two straight goals to take a 5-3 lead. After Gardner posted her second goal of the game to make the score 5-4, each team traded goals as Lawler and Boylan each scored on free-position shots as Colgate took a 6-5 lead to the half.
Holy Cross took a 7-6 lead as it scored the first two goals of the second half with goals by O’Leary and Gardner from Sutton. Following two goals by the Raiders, Sutton tied the game at 8-8, but Colgate again went up by two goals at 10-8. After Fenton posted a goal off an assist from Gardner, Lawler netted two straight goals as Colgate took a 12-9 advantage with 15:22 remaining in the second half. Holy Cross cut the lead to 12-11 with goals by O’Leary and Fenton. Gardner assisted on Fenton’s goal. With Holy Cross trailing by a score of 13-11, Sutton scored off a pass by Gardner, and then Zebrowski tied the game at 13-13 with 4:05 left to go. But Bubnack’s fifth goal of the game gave the Raiders the 14-13 victory.
Holy Cross junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) stopped 10 shots, while Christina Roa also made 10 saves for the Raiders. Holy Cross outshot Colgate, 31-27. The Raiders picked up 21 ground balls and Holy Cross posted 20, while the Raiders secured 16 draw controls and the Crusaders recorded 13.
The Crusaders will return to action when they play UConn on Wednesday, March 24, at the new Holy Cross Field at 6:00 p.m.