SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored a career-best five goals, including her third career game-winner as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Bryant, 14-5, on Wednesday afternoon at the Bryant Turf Complex in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-2 overall, while the Bulldogs begin the season at 0-1 overall.
Senior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) posted two goals and a career-best three assists for five points, while junior Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) scored three goals. Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied two goals and one assist for three points. Ryan led the team with six draw controls and ranks first on the team with 15 this season. Ryan and sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) tied for the team-lead with four ground balls, while senior Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) and Hennessey each posted two caused turnovers.
Bryant was led by Lauren Sheridan who netted two goals. Haley Bloom tallied one goal and one assist for two points.
After Bryant scored the first two goals of the contest, the Crusaders responded with six straight goals to move out to a 6-2 lead. Hennessey scored the first goal of the game for the Crusaders off a pass from DiBari, while Carrellas tied the contest at 2-2 with a goal. Hennessey's goal was her first of the season. Reichenbach then gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead followed by Carrellas' second goal of the game. HC then made it a 5-2 score when Hennessey found the back of the net off a pass by freshman Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio). The assist was Russert's first collegiate point. Hennessey then posted her third career hat-trick when she scored off an assist by DiBari. After Kimberly Sniffen ended the Crusaders' scoring streak with a goal, Holy Cross responded with two straight goals to take an 8-3 lead to the half. DiBari netted a goal off an assist by sophomore Seton Hartnett (Westfield, N.J.) with 18 seconds left and Ryan tallied a goal with seven seconds remaining.
After Carrellas tallied her sixth career hat-trick with a free-position goal, Bloom made it a 9-4 contest with 26:33 left in the second half. The Crusaders then increased their lead to 13-4 with a goal by junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.), a goal by DiBari off a pass from Ryan, a goal by Hennessey off an assist from Hartnett and a goal by Ryan off a pass from Zebrowski. After Sheridan made it 13-5, Hennessey scored the last goal of the game off a pass from DiBari for the 14-5 final.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) was outstanding in net with nine saves as she recorded a .643 save percentage and earned her first collegiate victory. Lauren Filippone made 17 saves for Bryant. The Crusaders outshot the Bulldogs, 36-18, while HC picked up 22 ground balls and the Bulldogs posted seven. The Crusaders earned 15 draw controls and Bryant tallied six, while the Crusaders went 13-14 on clear attempts and the Bulldogs went 10-18. Holy Cross went 1-6 on free-position shots and Bryant went 3-5.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 25, when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale at Reese Stadium at 11:00 a.m.