WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored a career-best seven goals and freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) netted a career-best six goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Bucknell, 20-5, in Patriot League action on Saturday at Holy Cross Field on Senior Day. The Crusaders' 20 goals are the most they have scored in a game since their 22-9 win versus Albany on April 28, 1999. With the win, the Crusaders have won five of their last seven games and improve to 6-6 overall (2-2 PL), while the Bison fall to 3-10 overall (0-5 PL). The Crusaders' 6-6 record is their best after the first 12 games of a season since going 8-4 in 2007. The Crusaders are 5-1 at home this season.
Hennessey's seven goals are the most by a Crusader in a game since Katie Britt also netted seven goals in the 13-9 victory versus Vermont on April 23, 2002. Ryan has now scored 19 goals over the last four games. She led the team with four draw controls giving her 47 for the season which are second all-time for a single-season at the school. Ryan and junior Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) tied for the team-lead with three ground balls, while Ryan and sophomore Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) each caused two turnovers.
The Bison were led by Lindsey Ferro who posted two goals and one assist for three points. Arriana Sajjad led the team with four draw controls.
The Crusaders outscored the Bison by an 11-3 margin in the first half including scoring the first 10 goals of the game. Hennessey scored the first goal of the game on a free-position shot, followed by a goal from Ryan and then another free-position goal by Hennessey to make it a 3-0 contest. Hennessey increased the lead to 4-0 with 14:07 left in the first half for her fourth hat-trick of the season and the sixth of her career. After freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) made it a 5-0 game, Ryan netted her third goal of the contest for her fourth straight hat-trick and her second game-winner of the season. Sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) then scored to make it a 7-0 contest, followed by a goal by Ryan. Free-position goals by Hennessey and senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) increased the lead to 10-0 with 6:08 remaining. After Katelyn Miller netted the first goal of the game for the Bison on a free-position shot, Carrellas found the back of the net on a free-position shot. Bucknell then scored the last two goals of the half.
The Crusaders took a 10-goal lead with 22:56 left in the second half with goals by Ryan and Shea. After Sophie Kleinert scored off a pass from Ferro, Hennessey, Klimasewiski and Ryan each found the back of the net to make it a 16-4 contest with 16:28 remaining. With 14:25 left, Ferro scored the last goal of the contest for the Bison. The Crusaders closed the game by scoring four straight goals for the 20-5 final. Hennessey scored off a pass from Caracausa, Ryan netted her sixth goal of the game when she netted a goal off a pass by senior captain Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.), Furman then scored on a free-position shot and Hennessey netted her seventh goal of the game with 40 seconds remaining.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made two saves and improves to 6-5 on the season, while Kristina Patrk posted seven saves. Holy Cross outshot Bucknell, 36-14, while the Crusaders picked up 17 ground balls and the Bison tallied eight. The Bison posted 13 draw controls and the Crusaders notched 12. Holy Cross went 6-11 on free-position goals and Bucknell went 1-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 11, when they travel to Cambridge, Mass., to play Harvard at 7:00 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.
DiBari leads the team this season with a career-best 15 assists and her 1.67 assists per game are second in the Patriot League. Also her career-best 28 points are third on the team. For her career she has 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points in 26 games.
Shea has played in 31 career games. This year she has posted a career-best in every major category with five goals, three assists, eight points, five ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. As a junior she was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Thompson is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. As a freshman she was just one of only four women's lacrosse players in the league to have a 4.0 grade point average, while as a sophomore she was just one of six to have a 4.0 average. As a junior she studied abroad at Oxford University in England.
Furman has played in 61 career games with 38 caused turnovers, 68 ground balls, 39 draw controls, five goals, two assists and seven points. Her 38 caused turnovers are tied for 10th all-time at the school. As a junior, she earned first team All-Patriot League honors. She has been a strong leader as she is a team captain and a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
Sutton earned second team All-Patriot League honors in 2010 and 2011. As a junior she was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and as a freshman she earned Rookie of the Week accolades twice. During her career she had a 44-game point scoring streak and a 43-game goal scoring streak. She has 91 goals and 19 assists for 110 career points in 50 games. Despite missing this season due to an injury she has made a major impact as a team captain. She is also a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a junior.