WORCESTER, Mass. – With the Crusaders down 5-2 at halftime, they rallied to tie the game at 5-5 but the Wildcats then scored three straight goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to New Hampshire, 8-5, on Wednesday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2 overall, while the Wildcats start the season 1-0 overall.
Sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) led the Crusaders with two goals, while senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.), senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scored one goal. Sutton's goal scoring streak is up to 31 straight games as it is the second longest current streak in the nation. Senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) also recorded one assist. Boylan led the team with four draw controls giving her 112 for her career which are third all-time at the school.
New Hampshire was led by Kate Keagins who scored three goals and Ilana Cohen who netted two goals.
After Jenny Simpson gave UNH a 1-0 lead with 16:13 left in the first half, Sutton tied the game at 1-1 off a pass by Rudden. The Wildcats then scored three straight goals to take a 4-1 advantage. After Zebrowski scored on a free-position shot, Cohen netted her first goal of the contest with just 47 seconds left to give UNH a 5-2 lead at the half.
With 17:25 left in the second half, Zebrowski found the back of the net for the second time to cut the UNH lead to 5-3. Then with 12:56 remaining, O'Leary scored on a free-position shot to make the score 5-4. Boylan tied the game at 5-5 with a goal on a free-position shot for her first goal of the season. But the momentum shifted with 5:31 to go when Cohen netted the game-winner for UNH. New Hampshire then scored two more goals to earn the 8-5 victory.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made two saves, while Kathleen O'Keefe made six saves to earn the win. The Crusaders outshot UNH by a 21-15 margin, while the Wildcats picked up 19 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 14. The Crusaders dominated draw controls as they secured 12 and New Hampshire recorded three. UNH went 3-4 on free-position shots and the Crusaders went 3-8.
The Crusaders return to action when they play Yale in Worcester on Saturday, Feb. 26 at noon.