WORCESTER, Mass. – The Crusaders scored four of the last five goals of the game but fell just short as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team lost to Connecticut, 11-10, on Wednesday evening at the new Holy Cross Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-7 overall, while the Huskies improve to 7-2 overall.
Freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) scored a career-best four goals, while sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also recorded four points with two goals and two assists, and extended her goal scoring streak to 21 straight games. Senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) posted two goals and one assist for three points, while senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) and junior Meg O’Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) each scored one goal.
UConn was led by Lauren Sparks who had three goals and one assist for four points, while M.E. Lapham and Ashley Mitchelides each posted three goals.
The Huskies started very strong as they took a 3-0 lead with 26:08 left in the first half. After a goal by Gardner off an assist from Sutton, UConn answered with three more goals to move out to a 6-1 advantage with 9:49 remaining. But Holy Cross finished the half strong as it scored three of the last four goals. Zebrowski scored two straight with her first goal coming off a pass by Fenton. Following a UConn goal by Sparks, O’Leary scored the final goal of the half to make the score 7-4.
After Fenton posted a goal after receiving the ball from Sutton, the Huskies netted two straight for a 9-5 lead with 15:01 left in the second half. Sutton then scored on a free-position shot, but Lapham then responded with a goal with 13:57 remaining. Trailing 10-6, the Crusaders recorded goals from Fenton, Zebrowski and Sutton to cut the UConn lead to 10-9 with 10:07 to go. Lapham increased the UConn lead to 11-9 with 7:27 remaining. With just 22 seconds left, Zebrowski netted her fourth goal of the contest with a goal on a free-position shot to make it a one-goal game at 11-10. But Sparks was able to control the key draw control as UConn was able to hold on for the victory.
Holy Cross junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 11 saves, while Jenna Moulton stopped four shots to improve to 7-2 on the season. UConn outshot Holy Cross, 23-17, while the Crusaders went 2-4 on free-position shots and the Huskies went 1-2. UConn picked up 12 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 10, while the Huskies secured 16 draw controls and the Crusaders had seven.
The Crusaders will return to action when they travel to Annapolis, Md., to play Patriot League opponent Navy on Saturday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.