Women's Lacrosse Defeated By Harvard, 10-6

Meg O'Leary

WORCESTER, Mass. – After the Crusaders scored twice to cut the deficit to 6-5 with 11:32 left in the second half, the Crimson then scored four of the last five goals of the contest as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 10-6, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Holy Cross Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-10 overall, while the Crimson improve to 6-4 overall.

Senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) each scored two goals to lead the Crusaders. Junior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) and sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each netted one goal. Senior Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each recorded one assist. Sutton's 43-game goal scoring streak ended, but with the assist she extended her point scoring streak to 44 straight games.

The Crimson were led by Jennifer VanderMeulen who recorded three goals and two assists for five points, while Danielle Tetreault tallied three goals and one assist for four points.

After the Crimson netted the first two goals of the game, Zebrowski scored on a free-position shot with 15:05 left in the first half to make it a 2-1 contest. Kyleigh Keating increased the lead to 3-1, but Carrellas then found the back of the net for the Crusaders to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 12:06 remaining. After a goal by Tetreault gave the Crimson back their two-goal advantage, DiBari recorded a goal off a pass from Sutton with 2:20 to go. But with just 13 seconds left, VanderMeulen scored her second goal of the game as the Crimson took a 5-3 lead to the half.

With 23:59 to go in the second frame, VanderMeulen continued where she left off as she netted the first goal of the second half to make it a 6-3 contest. The Crusaders then answered with a free-position goal by Carrellas and a goal by O'Leary off a pass from Rudden to make the score 6-5 with 11:32 to go. But that is as close as the Crusaders would get as the Crimson scored two straight to increase their lead to 8-5. After O'Leary found the back of the net with 2:51 remaining, the Crimson netted the last two goals of the game for the 10-6 final score.

Senior Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 11 saves for a .524 save percentage, while Kerry Clark made seven saves for a .538 save percentage to earn the victory. The Crimson outshot the Crusaders, 30-22, while Harvard tallied 18 ground balls and the Crusaders secured 12. The Crimson earned 11 draw controls and the Crusaders recorded seven.

The Crusaders return to action when they play a key Patriot League contest versus Lehigh on Saturday, April 16, on Holy Cross Field at 1:00 p.m. for Senior Day and the team's second annual Stephanie's Mission game. With Navy's 11-10 win over American this afternoon, the Crusaders need to defeat Lehigh to stay in contention to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament. Before the game the team will wear special t-shirts during warm-ups to honor Stephanie Crispinelli. They will also be collecting donations for the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund. Crispinelli, who was a sophomore at Lynn University, died in the earthquake in Haiti while on a humanitarian mission. 2007 Holy Cross graduate and former women's lacrosse player Jenna Constantino was one of Stephanie's best friends. Go here to view Stephanie's Mission's website.