WORCESTER, Mass. – With the game tied at 4-4 at halftime, Fairfield outscored the Crusaders by a 10-1 margin in the second half as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Fairfield, 14-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-3 overall, while the Stags improve to 3-0 overall.
Junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y) led the Crusaders with three goals as she extended her goal scoring streak to 33 straight games as it is the second longest streak in the nation. Senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each scored one goal, while senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded one assist.
Fairfield was led by Katie Mackay who recorded three goals and three assists for six points, while Amanda Best tallied four goals and one assist for five points. Addie Reilly was also strong with three goals.
The Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead with a goal by O'Leary off a pass from Rudden, and a goal by Sutton. After Fairfield made it a 2-1 game, Sutton recorded her second goal of the contest to give the Crusaders a two-goal lead. Fairfield then netted three straight goals to take a 4-3 advantage, but a goal by Zebrowski tied the game at 4-4 with 8:59 left in the first half.
Fairfield scored the first goal of the second half to go up 5-4 with a goal by Best with 26:35. Just 23 seconds later, Mackay found the back of the net to increase the lead to 6-4. Mackay recorded her second straight goal when she scored on a free-position shot to make the score 7-4. After Reilly netted two consecutive goals, Mackay scored her third goal of the game to make it a 10-4 contest. After Fairfield scored three more goals for nine straight in total, Sutton recorded her third goal of the game for the Crusaders to make it a 13-5 contest with 9:45 left. Fairfield added one more goal for the 14-5 final score.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made eight saves in the first 44:33 and freshman Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made three saves in the second 15:27. Katie Keenan made 10 saves to earn the victory. Fairfield outshot the Crusaders, 37-22, while each team picked up 14 ground balls. Fairfield secured 15 draw controls to Holy Cross' six, while the Crusaders went 1-4 on free-position shots and Fairfield went 3-9.
The Crusaders return to action when they will take on No. 16 Boston College on Saturday, March 5, at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla., at 3:00 p.m.