WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Kayla DiBari (Holderness, N.H.) and junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each posted three goals and one assist for four points as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated American, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross Field in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-4 overall (1-0 PL), while the Eagles fall to 3-3 overall (0-1 PL).
Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) netted two goals for the Crusaders, while DiBari led the team with four ground balls. Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) led the Crusaders with five draw controls, while DiBari and senior captain Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) each posted two caused turnovers.
The Eagles were led by Kimberly Collins, Emily Maher and Samantha Marshall who each scored two goals. Laura Dawson led the Eagles with four ground balls and Emily Maher tallied six draw controls.
The Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead when Hennessey scored on a free-position shot and Ryan found the back of the net off a pass by Zebrowski. But the Eagles responded with a goal each from Marshall and Emily Maher to tie the game at 2-2 with 22:08 left in the first half. After a goal by sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) off an assist by DiBari, Paige Lin tied the contest at 3-3. The Crusaders then scored three straight goals to move out to a 6-3 advantage. DiBari, junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and Zebrowski each found back of the net. After a yellow card was called on the Crusaders, the Eagles took advantage of the extra player with a goal by Kimberly Collins as the Crusaders took a 6-4 lead to the half.
Bernadette Maher scored the first goal of the second half to cut the Crusader lead to 6-5. Holy Cross responded with two consecutive goals to increase its lead to 8-5 with 25:13 remaining as DiBari and Hennessey each scored their second goal of the game. Hennessey's goal was on a free-position shot. After Collins made it an 8-6 contest with a goal off a pass from Bernadette Maher, Zebrowski then netted her second goal of the game to give the Crusaders a three-goal lead with 16:58 remaining which would be her second career game-winner. But the Eagles scored two straight goals to cut the Crusader lead to 9-8 with 14:11 left. Zebrowski ended the Eagles' scoring streak with her third goal of the game with 6:16 remaining. Zebrowski now has nine career hat-tricks. DiBari then posted her third career hat-trick with her third goal of the game with 3:09 left to increase the lead to 11-8. With just 25 seconds left, sophomore Seton Hartnett (Westfield, N.J.) found the back of the net for the 12-8 final.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) posted seven saves and now has two wins on the season, while Kaska Komosinski tallied 11 saves for the Eagles. The Crusaders outshot the Eagles, 33-21, while Holy Cross picked up 16 ground balls and American tallied nine. The Eagles earned 15 draw controls and the Crusaders posted seven, while the Crusaders went 2-5 on free-position shots and the Eagles went 1-2.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 13, when they play Brown at Holy Cross Field at 4:00 p.m. Go here for live coverage of the game.