ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) recorded five goals and one assist for a career-best six points but the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Navy, 18-11, in Patriot League action on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-6 overall (1-2 PL), while the Mids improve to 12-2 overall (3-0 PL).
Ryan has now scored 13 goals over the last three games. She tallied three draw controls giving her 43 for the season which are tied for second all-time for a single-season at the school. Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) netted three goals as she now has 73 goals and 27 assists for 100 career points. She is the 18th player in program history to post 100 points. Zebrowski and sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each notched four draw controls, while sophomore Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) led the team with two ground balls. Sophomore Julia Cowan (Wilmette, Ill.) and Ryan each caused two turnovers. Ryan was outstanding on free-position shots as she went 4-5.
The Mids were led by Jasmine DePompeo who posted five goals and four assists for nine points. Loren Generi tallied five goals and one assist for six points, while Kathy Young scored four goals. Generi secured nine draw controls to lead all players.
After Young gave the Mids an early 1-0 lead on a free-position shot, Zebrowski answered to tie the game at 1-1. Navy went up 2-1 with a goal by Aimee Gennaro off an assist by DePompeo with 26:47 left in the first half, but Ryan tied the game as she found the back of the net off a pass by senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.). But the Mids then netted six straight goals to move out to an 8-2 advantage with 14:02 remaining. Zebrowski ended Navy's scoring streak with a free-position goal but DePompeo netted her fourth goal of the contest to make it a 9-3 game. After Shea cut the Navy lead to 9-4, Generi scored off a pass from DePompeo to give the Mids a 10-4 advantage. Ryan netted a free-position goal with 3:02 left as Navy brought a 10-5 lead to the half.
Ryan tallied her third straight hat-trick with a free-position goal with 28:28 left in the second half to make it a 10-6 contest. After the Mids netted two consecutive goals, Zebrowski and Ryan made it a 12-8 game. Zebrowski now has a team-best six hat-tricks this season and 12 for her career. Navy would then outscore the Crusaders by a 6-3 margin for the 18-11 victory. After the Mids extended their lead to 14-8, Hennessey found the back of the net on a free-position shot. But the Mids would net three straight goals before Hennessey tallied a goal off a pass by Ryan. DePompeo posted her ninth point of the day when she scored off a pass from Generi. With just 10 seconds left, Ryan scored her fifth goal of the contest and posted her sixth point with a free-position goal.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made six saves, while Elaina Ponchione posted one save in 26:58 and improves to 10-2 on the season. Michelle Verbeeck also played in net for the Mids as she tallied five saves in 33:02. Navy outshot Holy Cross, 31-18, while the Mids picked up 14 ground balls and the Crusaders posted eight. Navy tallied 19 draw controls and Holy Cross recorded 12. The Crusaders went 6-9 on free-position shots and the Mids went 3-6.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 7, when they play Patriot League opponent Bucknell at Holy Cross Field at noon for Senior Day.