BURLINGTON, Vt. – With the Crusaders trailing by an 8-3 score at the half, they outscored the Catamounts by a 6-2 margin in the second but their rally fell just short as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Vermont, 10-9, on Wednesday afternoon at Moulton Winder Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-9 overall, while the Catamounts improve to 7-4 overall.
Junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) extended her goal scoring streak to 41 straight games as she recorded four goals and one assist for five points. Sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) also had a strong performance with three goals and one assist for four points. Senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and junior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) each recorded one goal and one assist for two points. Junior Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with four draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Vermont was led by Sydney Mas who recorded four goals and one assist for five points. Allison Pfohl scored the game-winner.
After Sutton gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead at 45 seconds of the first half, the Catamounts responded with two straight goals. With 22:08 remaining, DiBari tied the game at 2-2 off a pass by Boylan. With Holy Cross now trailing 3-2, Boylan scored a goal of her own to make it a 3-3 contest with 15:16 left in the half. But Vermont then netted the next five goals to take an 8-3 advantage to the half.
The Crusaders cut the Vermont lead to 8-6 with three straight goals to start the second half. Zebrowski found the back of the net first, and then Sutton scored on a free-position shot and then off a pass from Zebrowski. With the Catamounts now up by three goals, Zebrowski answered off a pass by DiBari to make the score 9-7. With 10:12 remaining, Pfohl scored Vermont's 10th goal of the game which would be enough for the victory. Zebrowski scored off a pass from Sutton with 8:54 left and then Sutton netted a goal on a free-position shot with 8:21 remaining but the Crusaders were unable to find the back of the net again for the 10-9 final.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made seven saves, while Laura Barber made nine saves to earn the win. Each team took 23 shots, while Vermont earned 15 ground balls and Holy Cross recorded 10. The Crusaders secured 14 draw controls and went 2-5 on free-position shots, while the Catamounts earned seven draw controls and went 2-4.
The Crusaders return to action when they continue the Patriot League season with a home contest on Saturday, April 2 versus Navy at noon. You can listen to Holy Cross student Tom Wilhelm call the game on the radio here. Fans can also follow along with the live blog here.