WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) tied the game at 10-10 with 5:49 left in the second half and then freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored her first collegiate game-winner with 3:34 remaining as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Navy, 11-10, on Saturday at the Hart Turf Field in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-9 overall (1-2 Patriot League), while the Midshipmen fall to 9-4 overall (2-1 Patriot League). The win is the first for the Crusaders over Navy as the Mids had won the previous three meetings.
Junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) each tallied three goals to lead the Crusaders. Sutton extended her goal scoring streak to 42 straight games. Senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) recorded two goals, while DiBari tallied two points with one goal and one assist. Sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) also recorded two points with two assists, while senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Hennessey each recorded one goal. O'Leary led the team with three ground balls and four draw controls.
Navy was led by Katrina Nietsch, Jill Coughlin and Caitlin Mandrin Hill who each tallied two goals and one assist for three points. Mandrin Hill led the Mids with four draw controls.
With Navy leading 1-0, Boylan tied the game on a free-position shot with 23:24 left in the first half. With the Crusaders now trailing 2-1, Carrellas and Sutton each found the back of the net to give Holy Cross a 3-2 lead. But the Mids then scored three straight goals to take a 5-3 advantage. The Crusaders responded with a goal by O'Leary off a pass from Zebrowski and a goal by Carrellas to tie the game at 5-5. Mandrin Hill netted the last goal of the first frame as Navy took a 6-5 lead to the half.
After Mandrin Hill scored the first goal of the second half, Sutton cut the Navy lead to 7-6 with a goal on a free-position shot with 21:28 left. With Holy Cross trailing 8-6, the Crusaders netted three straight goals to take a 9-8 lead. Sutton scored off a pass from DiBari for her third goal of the game, Boylan scored on a free-position shot and Carrellas gave the Crusaders the lead with 9:42 to go with her third goal of the contest. The Mids responded with two goals to take a 10-9 advantage with 7:54 left. DiBari then tied the game at 10-10 with a goal on a free-position shot with 5:49 remaining. Then with just 3:34 to go, Hennessey found the back of the net off a pass by Zebrowski to give the Crusaders an 11-10 lead. The Mids secured the draw control following the goal, but then turned the ball over as O'Leary recorded the ground ball. With under a minute to go, the Mids were able to get the ball off a Crusader turnover, but they then turned the ball over with 19 seconds left. The Crusaders were able to keep the ball the rest of the way for the 11-10 final score.
Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) was outstanding as she made 13 saves and recorded a .565 save percentage to earn the victory. Elaina Ponchione made three saves for Navy. The Crusaders outshot the Mids, 25-24, while Holy Cross earned 10 ground balls and Navy recorded six. The Crusaders secured 11 draw controls and went 4-8 on free-position shots, while the Mids tallied 12 draw controls and went 3-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to play Patriot League opponent Bucknell.