WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Meg O’Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 4:02 left in overtime and freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) also netted a goal in overtime as the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team defeated Fairfield, 14-12, on Tuesday afternoon at the new Holy Cross Field in non-conference action. With the victory, the Crusaders have won two straight and improve to 4-8 overall, while the Stags fall to 6-4 overall.
Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) recorded four goals and one assist for five points, while senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) also posted five points with three goals and two assists. With this five-point performance, Fenton now has 100 career points with 80 goals and 20 assists.
Zebrowski also had a strong game with two goals and two assists for four points, while sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) extended her goal scoring streak to 24 straight games with two goals. Junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) recorded one goal and one assist for two points, while junior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored one goal.
Fairfield was led by Kristen Coleman who tallied three goals and two assists for five points, while Caitlin Young scored four goals.
After Sutton scored the first goal of the game, the Stags responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. But Holy Cross answered with three consecutive goals of its own to move out to a 4-3 advantage. Gardner scored off a pass from Zebrowski, Sutton scored off an assist from Fenton and Zebrowski scored on a free-position shot. After Fairfield tied the contest at 4-4, Fenton found the back of the net, Boylan scored on a free-position shot and Rudden recorded a goal off a pass by Boylan. The Stags scored the last goal of the first half as the Crusaders took a 7-5 lead to the half.
Holy Cross increased its lead to 8-5 when Fenton scored off an assist by Gardner, but the Stags then posted three straight goals to tie the game at 8-8. After Gardner scored off a pass by Fenton, Fairfield posted two more goals for a 10-9 lead with 16:35 remaining in the second half. But the Crusaders responded again with a goal by Gardner and a free-position shot goal by Fenton giving her 100 career points. Fairfield then tied the game once again, but Gardner’s fourth goal of the afternoon gave the Crusaders a 12-11 lead. Zebrowski assisted on the goal. With 8:21 left, Chloe Mangan tied the game at 12-12 as the score remained tied through the rest of regulation.
O’Leary’s team-leading second game-winner of the season was with 4:02 left in overtime. With 2:05 remaining, Boylan made a great defensive play as she caused a turnover preventing a scoring opportunity by Fairfield. Zebrowski added a goal with 1:24 left for the 14-12 final score.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) was outstanding as she made a season-best 16 saves. Katie Keenan stopped nine shots for the Stags. Fairfield outshot Holy Cross, 39-33, while the Crusaders went 3-8 on free-position shots and the Stags went 3-6. Holy Cross picked up 12 ground balls and Fairfield earned 10, while the Stags recorded 17 draw controls and the Crusaders secured 13.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, April 10, to play Lehigh in a key Patriot League contest at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Saturday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. The Mountain Hawks are tied for third place in the Patriot League with a 2-1 record, while the Crusaders are fifth with a 1-2 record.