NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With the Crusaders trailing 13-5 with 20:26 left in the second half, they then scored eight of the next 10 goals to make it a 15-13 game with 2:24 remaining, but the Bulldogs then netted the last two goals of the contest as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 17-13, on Saturday at Reese Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-3 overall, while the Bulldogs begin the season at 1-0 overall.
The Crusaders were led by junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) who tallied four goals and one assist for five points, while freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) was also outstanding with two goals and two assists for four points. Senior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) scored three goals, while junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) led the team with five ground balls. Ryan was first on the team with five draw controls, while Carrellas, Ryan and sophomore Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) each caused two turnovers.
The Bulldogs were led by Devon Rhodes who tallied four goals and two assists for six points, while Ashley McCormick posted four goals and one assist for five points. Caroline Crow scored four goals.
After Yale netted the first three goals of the game, sophomore Seton Hartnett (Westfield, N.J.) scored off a pass from Zebrowski to make it a 3-1 contest. With the score now 4-1, the Crusaders tallied four straight goals to take a 5-4 lead. After DiBari and Zebrowski found the back of the net, sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) tied the game and then DiBari gave HC the lead off an assist by Ryan with 11:34 left in the first half. But the Bulldogs would then score the last four goals of the half for an 8-5 advantage.
Yale would then score the first five goals of the second half for a total of nine straight to move out to a 13-5 lead. After sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) found the back of the net, Crow posted a goal to make it a 14-6 contest with 15:04 left. Holy Cross then netted three straight goals. Ryan scored on a free-position shot, DiBari posted her second career hat-trick with a goal from a pass by senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Zebrowski also netted a goal. After Crow posted her fourth goal of the contest, the Crusaders scored four in a row to cut the Yale lead to 15-13. Caracausa tallied her first collegiate goal when she found the back of the net off an assist by Shea. Zebrowski then posted her eighth career hat-trick when she scored on a free-position shot. After Ryan netted her second goal of the contest, Zebrowski scored off a pass by Ryan with 2:24 left as the Crusaders only trailed by two goals. But that is as close as the Crusaders would get, as the Bulldogs tallied the last two goals of the game for the 17-13 final.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made three saves and allowed 13 goals, while sophomore Maddie Parisi (Westport, Conn.) posted two saves and allowed four goals. Whitney Quackenbush tallied nine saves for the Bulldogs. Yale outshot Holy Cross, 30-27, while the Crusaders picked up 18 ground balls and the Bulldogs posted 17. Yale tallied 17 draw controls and Holy Cross posted 14, while the Crusaders went 13-16 on clear-attempts and the Bulldogs went 14-18. Holy Cross went 2-5 on free-position shots and Yale went 3-3.
The Crusaders return to action versus Fairfield on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Holy Cross Field at 4:00 p.m. Go here to follow a live blog of the game.