HIGH POINT, N.C. – With the Crusaders trailing 13-9 with 15:47 left in the second half they netted three straight goals but were unable to tie the game as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to High Point, 13-12, on Monday night at Vert Stadium in non-conference action in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-4 overall, while the Panthers improve to 3-1 overall.
Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) led the Crusaders with three goals and one assist for four points, while junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) netted three goals. Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) posted two goals and two assists for four points, while freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied two goals. Senior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) and sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) led the Crusaders with three ground balls each, while Ryan led the team with four draw controls.
The Panthers were led by Christie Dougherty who posted four goals and one assist for five points. Chelsea Thompson also tallied five points with three goals and two assists.
The Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead when Ryan found the back of the net off a pass by Hennessey with 24:29 left in the first half. After the Panthers scored two straight goals to take a 2-1 advantage, Carrellas tied the game at 2-2 off an assist from Zebrowski with 15:50 remaining. High Point responded with a goal by Heather Ziccarelli, but Hennessey then netted two consecutive goals to give HC a 4-3 lead with 7:05 left. Hennessey's second goal was assisted by sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.). The Panthers then tallied three straight goals to move out to a 6-4 advantage. But Carrellas scored two free-position goals to send the game to the half tied at 6-6. She now has two hat-tricks this season and seven for her career. Carrellas' first free-position goal was with 36 seconds left and her second was with just four seconds remaining.
High Point scored the first four goals of the second half to take a 10-6 lead. DiBari ended the Panthers' scoring streak with a goal off a pass from Zebrowski with 23:47 left. Zebrowski then netted a free-position goal with 21:34 remaining to make it a 10-8 game. After two goals by High Point to increase its lead to 12-8, Ryan found the back of the net on a free-position shot, but Dougherty scored a free-position goal for the Panthers to make it a 13-9 contest with 15:47 left. Freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) then scored a free-position goal in her collegiate debut, while Hennessey netted her third goal of the game to cut the High Point lead to 13-11 with 11:49 remaining. She has two hat-tricks this season and four for her career. With just 1:44 left, Zebrowski netted a free-position goal to make it a 13-12 contest. But Ziccarelli was able to secure the draw control as the Panthers kept the ball and posted the 13-12 victory.
Weber posted eight saves for the Crusaders. Anna Wallingford made one save and allowed eight goals in 40:48 for the Panthers, while Julia Burns posted six saves and allowed four goals in 19:12. High Point outshot Holy Cross, 27-23, while the Panthers picked up 19 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 17. High Point secured 18 draw controls and Holy Cross earned nine. The Crusaders went 6-10 on free-position shots and the Panthers went 2-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 10, when they start their Patriot League season versus American at Holy Cross Field at 4:00 p.m.