FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Juniors Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) and Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each recorded five points, while senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied three points giving her 102 for her career as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Sacred Heart, 12-7, on Saturday afternoon at Campus Field in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-7 overall, while the Pioneers fall to 1-6 overall.
DiBari scored a career-best four goals and she also recorded an assist for a career-best five points, while Sutton tallied three goals and two assists for five points as she extended her goal scoring streak to 38 straight games. O'Leary, who entered the contest with 99 career points, recorded one goal and two assists, while she also led the team with six ground balls, four draw controls and five caused turnovers. Her 33 career assists are now tied for eighth all-time at the school, while her 70 draw controls are now seventh all-time. O'Leary's 57 career caused turnovers are third all-time in program history. Freshman Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) also was outstanding as she scored her first two collegiate goals. Senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) recorded her first career game-winning goal, while sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) also scored one goal and freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) tallied one assist.
The Pioneers were led by Kate Kmiotek who recorded three points with one goal and two assists. Also Shelby Vaccaro and Kelsey Russo each scored two goals.
The Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead with a goal by Carrellas and one by Sutton off a pass from O'Leary. The Pioneers then answered with two straight goals to tie the contest at 2-2, but O'Leary and DiBari then each recorded goals. Sacred Heart then tallied three straight goals to take a 5-4 advantage to the half.
The Crusaders then scored the first five goals of the second half to take a 9-5 lead. Reichenbach started the scoring when she netted her first career goal as O'Leary earned an assist. DiBari gave the Crusaders a 6-5 advantage with a free-position goal, followed by goals by Sutton, Rudden and DiBari's third of the contest. DiBari assisted on Rudden's game-winner and Sutton recorded an assist on DiBari's goal. After a Pioneer goal, Reichenbach scored off a pass by Hennessey and Sutton netted her third goal of the game to give the Crusaders an 11-6 lead. Following a goal by the Pioneers, DiBari recorded her fourth goal of the day as Sutton assisted. That would be the last goal of the contest for the 12-7 final score.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) was outstanding in net as she made 13 saves for a .650 save percentage, while Megan Pepe made four saves. The Crusaders outshot the Pioneers, 28-26, while Holy Cross recorded 21 ground balls and Sacred Heart earned 20. The Crusaders secured 12 draw controls and the Pioneers recorded nine.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 22, when they play Bryant at Holy Cross Field at 4:00 p.m. Go here to listen to the game.