Women's Lacrosse Defeated By Harvard, 10-4

Sarah Weber

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Melanie Baskind scored three goals for the Crimson as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 10-4, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Harvard Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-7 overall, while the Crimson improve to 6-6 overall.

Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) netted two goals for the Crusaders, while junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) posted one goal and one assist for two points. Sophomore Maggie Reichenbach (Manhasset, N.Y.) also found the back of the net for the Crusaders. Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) led the team with four draw controls.

Chelsey Newman was also strong as she tallied two goals and one assist for Harvard. Jenn VanderMeulen also netted two goals.

After the Crimson scored the first five goals of the game, Carrellas made it a 5-1 contest with 3:26 remaining as Harvard took a four-goal lead to the half. The Crimson outshot the Crusaders by a 19-4 margin in the first frame.

Harvard moved out to a 9-1 lead with the first four goals of the second half. Reichenbach ended the Crimson's scoring streak when she found the back of the net on a free-position shot with 10:45 left. Hennessey then made it a 9-3 game when she scored off a pass from Carrellas. After Baskind netted a goal for the Crimson, Hennessey scored her team-best 32nd goal of the season with 42 seconds left for the 10-4 final score.

Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) posted a career-best 16 saves with a strong .615 save percentage for the Crusaders, while Kelly Weis tallied six saves to earn the win. Weber also led the Crusaders with three ground balls. The Crimson outshot the Crusaders, 35-14, while Harvard picked up 20 ground balls and Holy Cross secured 11. The Crimson posted 10 draw controls and the Crusaders tallied six. The Crusaders went 1-6 on free-position shots and the Crimson went 2-7.

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for a Patriot League contest versus Lehigh on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex.