CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jennifer VanderMeulen recorded six goals and two assists for eight points for the Crimson as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 15-9, on Wednesday evening at Harvard Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-10 overall, while the Crimson improve to 5-6 overall.
Junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) posted one goal and two assists for three points, while senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.), junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scored two goals. Baird now has 51 career goals and Sutton extended her goal scoring streak to 26 straight games. Senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) and junior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) each recorded one goal, while senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had one assist and has recorded at least one point in 17 straight overall games.
Sara Flood also had a strong game for Harvard with three goals and two assists for five points.
The Crimson outscored the Crusaders by a 12-2 margin in the first half. After Flood scored the first two goals of the contest, Baird netted her 50th career goal to make it a 2-1 game. Harvard then answered with two goals from VanderMeulen to increase its lead to 4-1. Baird then scored her second goal of the game. Gardner earned an assist on the goal. The Crimson then netted eight straight goals, including a goal by VanderMeulen with just one second left to take a 12-2 lead to the half.
After VanderMeulen scored her third consecutive goal and her fifth of the game, the Crusaders responded with four straight goals to cut the lead to 13-6. Sutton, Boylan, O'Leary and then Sutton again on a free-position shot scored for Holy Cross. With the score now 14-6, Boylan, Rudden and Fenton found the back of the net to make it a 13-9 contest with 2:05 remaining in the second half. O'Leary assisted on Boylan's and Fenton's goals. With just three seconds to go Nina Kucharczyk scored the last goal of the game for the 15-9 final score.
Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made five saves in the first half, while senior Allison Donovan (Saco, Maine) stopped seven of 10 shots for a .700 save percentage in the second half. Kerry Clark made four saves to earn the victory for Harvard. The Crimson outshot the Crusaders, 35-18, while Holy Cross went 1-7 on free-position shots and Harvard went 4-11. The Crimson picked up 13 ground balls and the Crusaders earned nine, while Harvard secured 14 draw controls and Holy Cross recorded 10.
The Crusaders return to action when they take on Lafayette in a Patriot League contest at Holy Cross Field on Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m.