Crusaders Hang On To Beat Bryant 11-8

Sara Hennessey

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Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored a goal and had two assists for three points and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) each had two goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Bryant 11-8, on Tuesday afternoon at Holy Cross Field in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders earn their second-straight victory to improve to 3-7 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-6 overall.

The Crusaders came out firing in the first half, with Sutton and Hennessey both netting goals in the first minute. A goal at the 16:36 mark by Carrellas extended the Crusader lead to 3-0. After a Bryant goal by Katherine Keckeisen, Sutton sent a lazer into the back of the goal, extending the Crusader lead to 4-1 at the 14:46 mark. Holy Cross kept up its strong offensive play, adding three more goals over the next 11 minutes by freshman Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.), Rudden, and Carrellas at the 9:00, 5:00 and 3:25 marks respectively to make the score 7-1. Bryant was able to slip a goal past senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.), to trim the lead to 7-2 going into halftime.

Similar to the Crusaders' hot start in the first half, Bryant was able to open the second half very strongly, being able to net three goals in the first five minutes, trimming the Crusader lead to 7-5. At the 24:35 mark, junior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) was able to find the back of the net to extend the Holy Cross lead to 8-5. But, Bryant continued its second half comeback, when Antoinette Lombardi was able to cut the Crusader lead to 8-6 after scoring on a free-position shot. Bryant then scored again on a goal by Kimberly Sniffen, cutting the Holy Cross lead to just one, 8-7.  At the 13:11 mark, the Crusaders struck back, when senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) found the back of the net for the eventual game winner to extend the Holy Cross lead to 9-7. The goal was her first career game-winner. Bryant stuck back once again, when Madeleine Pickett netted a goal to yet again trim the Crusader lead to one, 9-8. At the 1:21 mark, Holy Cross was able to score an important goal, securing the game, when Hennessey was able to score her second goal of the game, extending the lead to 10-8. Junior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) scored a last-second open-net goal to make the final score 11-8.

By finding the back of the net in today's contest, Sutton continued her goal-scoring streak to 39 games.

Martin made four saves in 52:14 to earn the win, improving to 3-7 on the season, and freshman Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made one save in 7:46. Bryant goalie Lauren Filippone made 21 saves in the loss and falls to 1-5 on the season. Holy Cross outshot the Bulldogs 47-19. Holy Cross also held an advantage in ground balls, picking up 29, compared to Bryant's 14 and in draw controls, where they held a 13-7 advantage.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 26, when they host Colgate at 4:00 p.m.