WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the score tied at 4-4 with 15:32 left in the second half, the Eagles scored three of the last four goals of the game as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to American, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field in the first Patriot League contest for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-6 overall (0-1 Patriot League), while the Eagles improve to 4-3 overall (1-0 Patriot League).
Senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scored two goals, while sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) recorded one. Senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) tallied one assist. Sutton extended her goal scoring streak to 36 straight games which is the second longest streak in the nation. O'Leary led all players with five ground balls.
American was led by Lauren Schoenberger who recorded two goals and one assist for three points, while Samantha Marshall scored two goals.
After the Eagles took an early 1-0 lead, Zebrowski tied the game with 26:35 left in the first half. American then scored the last three goals of the half for a 4-1 edge.
But the Crusaders answered by netting the first three goals of the second half to tie the game at 4-4. O'Leary and Sutton scored on free-position shots, and then O'Leary found the back of the net off a pass by Rudden to tie the game with 15:32 remaining. The Eagles then responded by scoring three goals to take a 7-4 lead. Sutton scored the last goal of the game when she found the back of the net on a free-position shot with 6:15 remaining for the 7-5 final.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made eight saves, while Kaska Komosinski made five saves to earn the victory. The Eagles outshot the Crusaders, 22-11, while American recorded 16 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 10. The Crusaders went 3-4 on free-position shots and the Eagles went 2-3. Holy Cross secured six draw controls and American recorded five.
The Crusaders return to action when they play at Brown on Wednesday, March 16, at 5:00 p.m.