AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) and junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each scored three goals for the Crusaders, but Katie Ferris posted seven goals and three assists for 10 points for the Minutewomen as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to UMass, 18-8, in the season-opener for both teams on Wednesday afternoon at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1 overall, while the Minutewomen begin 1-0 overall.
Reichenbach's three goals were a career best. Junior Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) each scored one goal for the Crusaders. Nina Sarcona was also strong for UMass with three goals. Lauren Terracciano posted one goal and three assists for four points. Jesse O'Donnell and Sam Rush each scored twice.
After Sarcona gave UMass an early 1-0 lead at 28:29. Reichenbach tied the game just 1:16 later with a free-position goal. Zebrowski then gave the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at 26:31. But the Minutewomen then went onto score eight straight goals to move out to a 9-2 advantage. Reichenbach ended the UMass scoring streak when she netted her second goal of the game. Zebrowski then made it a 9-4 contest when she found the back of the net on a free-position shot for her second goal. But Mia Rapolla scored on a free-position shot at the buzzer as UMass took a 10-4 lead to the half.
Ryan posted her first collegiate goal when she scored on a free-position shot at 23:52, but the Minutewomen answered just 10 seconds later with a goal by Ferris. Then Sarcona found the back of the net to make it a 12-5 game. Carrellas netted her first goal of the season at 22:05 to cut the UMass lead to 12-6, but Ferris answered back with two straight goals to increase the lead to 14-6. Reichenbach tallied her third goal of the game when she scored on a free-position shot at 18:19. After UMass netted two straight goals, Zebrowski scored her third goal of the contest to make it a 16-8 game. Rush scored the last two goals of the game for the 18-8 final.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made eight saves for the Crusaders, while Katie Florence posted five saves for the Minutewomen. UMass outshot Holy Cross, 40-22, while the Crusaders picked up 18 ground balls and UMass posted 15. The Minutewomen posted 21 draw controls and the Crusaders tallied six. HC went 8-16 in clear attempts and UMass went 7-9. The Crusaders went 4-8 on free-position shots, while UMass went 2-4.
The Crusaders return to action for their home-opener in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, Feb. 17 when they take on No. 13 Boston College at 4:00 p.m.