WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) scored four goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated California Davis, 12-9, in non-conference action on Monday afternoon at Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders have won four of their last five games and improve to 5-5 overall, while the Aggies fall to 4-4 overall. The Crusader defense was outstanding as UC Davis entered the contest averaging 16.29 goals per game which were ranked second nationally. Holy Cross also limited the Aggies to nine draw controls as they were also second in the country averaging 17.29 draw controls per contest. The Crusaders' 5-5 record is their best start to a season since going 7-3 in 2007.
Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) netted three goals, while sophomore Seton Hartnett (Westfield, N.J.) posted a career-best two goals and one assist for a career-best three points. Freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) led the team with four draw controls, while junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) tied for the team-lead with four ground balls. Carrellas and sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each caused two turnovers.
The Aggies were led by Charlotte Morris who netted four goals, while Hannah Mirza posted three goals and two assists for five points. Anna Geissbuhler tallied one goal and three assists for four points, while Elizabeth Datino notched one goal and two assists for three points. Elizabeth Landry led the Aggies with four draw controls, while Landry and Sarah Rupp each caused three turnovers.
After sophomore Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead, the Aggies answered with two straight goals. But the Crusaders then netted six consecutive goals to take a 7-2 lead to the half. Zebrowski gave HC a 3-2 advantage with two straight free-position goals, while Ryan then netted three consecutive goals to increase the lead to 6-2. Her first goal was on a free-position shot and her second was assisted by Hartnett. Ryan now has two hat-tricks this season and has scored eight goals over the last two games. Zebrowski recorded her fifth hat-trick of the season and the 11th of her career when she scored the last goal of the first half with 27 seconds left.
Geissbuhler cut the Crusader lead to 7-3 with 28:24 remaining in the second half, but the Crusaders responded with a goal by Hartnett and a free-position goal by Hennessey. After the Aggies netted two straight goals to make it a 9-5 game, Hartnett found the back of the net off a pass from freshman Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) for her first collegiate game-winner. Morris then made it a 10-6 contest with a goal off an assist by Mirza. Senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) increased the Crusader lead to 11-6 with a free-position goal with 6:46 left. UC Davis then scored two consecutive goals to make it an 11-8 game with 1:35 remaining. After Zebrowski posted her fourth goal of the game, Morris netted the last goal of the contest off a pass from Mirza with 39 seconds left for the 12-9 final. The Crusaders are now 4-1 at home this season.
Weber made five saves and improves to 5-4 on the season, while Jordan Majka posted 12 saves for UC Davis. The Crusaders picked up 23 ground balls and the Aggies tallied 14. UC Davis entered the game ranked fifth nationally with 19.14 ground balls per game. Holy Cross tallied 14 draw controls and UC Davis posted nine. The Crusaders went 5-9 on free-position shots and the Aggies went 1-2.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 31, when they travel to Annapolis, Md., to play Patriot League opponent Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 12:00 p.m.