WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each scored three goals for the Crusaders, but Jackie Lyons netted the game-winner for the Minutewomen in overtime as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to UMass, 12-10, in the season-opener for both teams on Wednesday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. Hennessey scored the most goals by a Holy Cross freshman in the first game of the season since the 1996 season when Victoria Fazen netted five goals versus Yale on March 20, 1996. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1 overall, while the Minutewomen begin 1-0 overall.
The Crusaders were trailing 7-2 with 28:10 left in the second half and then scored eight of the next 10 goals to take a 10-9 lead, but UMass tied the game with 55 seconds left to force overtime. The Minutewomen then scored two goals in overtime to secure the 12-10 victory.
Senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each recorded one goal and one assist for two points, while senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each found the back of the net once. Sutton extended her goal scoring streak to 30 straight games as she entered the contest with the third longest goal scoring streak in the nation. Senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) recorded one assist, and led the team with four draw controls. She now has 108 career draw controls which are tied for third all-time in school history.
UMass was led by Danielle Pelletier and Haley Smith who each scored three goals. Lyons also recorded three points with two goals and one assist.
After UMass scored the first three goals of the game, Rudden made it a 3-1 contest with 13:16 left in the first half. The Minutewomen then answered with three straight goals to increase their lead to 6-1. With 48 seconds remaining, Carrellas found the back of the net on a free-position shot as the game went to halftime with UMass leading 6-2.
After Smith gave UMass a 7-2 advantage with 28:10 to go in the second half, Hennessey netted her first collegiate goal. Boylan earned an assist on the goal. After O'Leary made it a 7-4 game, Hennessey scored Holy Cross' third consecutive goal to cut the UMass lead to 7-5. Rudden recorded an assist on the goal. With the score now 8-5, Sutton tallied a goal on a free-position shot, but Nina Sarcona scored off a pass from Lyons to give UMass back their three-goal lead at 9-6 with 16:43 left. The Crusaders then scored four straight goals to take a 10-9 lead. Carrellas netted two in a row to make it a one-goal game and then Hennessey tied the contest at 9-9 off a pass by Zebrowski. Zebrowski then gave Holy Cross the lead with 3:17 remaining. But Smith tied the game on a free-position shot with just 55 seconds to go. Lyons' game-winner for the Minutewomen was scored with 3:02 left in overtime, while Pelletier added a late goal with one second remaining for the 12-10 final score.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made six saves, while Katie Florence made 15 saves to earn the victory. The Crusaders outshot the Minutewomen, 43-27, while the Crusaders picked up 18 ground balls and UMass tallied 11. UMass secured 13 draw controls and Holy Cross earned 12. The Minutewomen went 3-8 on free-position shots and the Crusaders went 2-9.
The Crusaders return to action when they play New Hampshire in Worcester on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 4:00 p.m.