WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) recorded three goals and a career-best five assists for a career-best eight points as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 13-4, on Saturday afternoon at the new Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-10 overall (2-3 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 3-13 overall (1-5 Patriot League).
Gardner has now recorded at least one point in 18 straight overall games and her 20 assists this season are eighth all-time at Holy Cross for a season. Freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) also was a force on offense as she scored a career-best four goals for a career-best four points. Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) also had a career performance as she stopped 10 of 14 shots for a career-best .714 save percentage.
Senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) recorded two goals and one assist for three points, while Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals and senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) posted one goal and one assist. Sutton, who now has 50 career goals, extended her goal scoring streak to 27 straight games. Junior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) had one goal, while juniors Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) each had one assist. O'Leary led all players with five ground balls. The Crusaders played strong defense as they caused 13 turnovers and were led by senior MaryKate Finnegan (Rockville, Centre, N.Y.) and Carrellas who each earned three caused turnovers.
Lafayette was led by Lauren Brown and Addie Godfrey who each scored two goals.
Holy Cross scored the first three goals of the contest. After Baird made it a 1-0 game, Gardner scored off a pass by Baird and Carrellas scored off an assist by Gardner. With the score now 3-1, Fenton found the back of the net off a pass from Gardner and Carrellas scored off an assist by Boylan to increase the lead to 5-1. After a goal by Lafayette, Gardner scored, but the Leopards then responded with a goal as Holy Cross took a 6-3 lead to the half.
The Crusaders controlled the second half outscoring the Leopards, 7-1. Holy Cross increased its lead to 10-3 with a goal by Gardner, two straight goals by Carrellas and a goal by Sutton. Gardner assisted on Carrellas' first goal, O'Leary assisted on Carrellas' second goal and Fenton had an assist on Sutton's goal. After Brown netted Lafayette's last goal of the game, the Crusaders scored three consecutive goals for the 13-4 victory. The goals were scored by Rudden, Sutton and Fenton. Gardner assisted on Sutton's and Fenton's goals giving her five assists and eight points on the afternoon.
With her 10 saves, Martin has now made double-digit saves in 10 of the 15 games this season. Emily Bjork made nine saves for the Leopards in the first 49:22, while Alexa Biale stopped one shot in the last 10:38. Holy Cross outshot Lafayette, 31-15. The Crusaders picked up 21 ground balls and the Leopards earned 13, while Lafayette secured 11 draw controls and Holy Cross recorded eight.
The Crusaders return to action when they take on Central Connecticut in their last regular season non-conference contest on Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m., at the new Holy Cross Field. The Crusaders will conclude the regular season with a key Patriot League game versus American at Holy Cross Field on Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. The winner of the game will qualify for the Patriot League Tournament.