NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Freshman Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) scored a career-best three goals including her first career game-winner as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Central Connecticut, 10-8, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Arute Field. With the win, the Crusaders have won seven of their last 10 games and improve to 8-7 overall, while CCSU falls to 7-7 overall and loses for the first time at home to fall to 6-1 on the season.
Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) posted two goals and one assist for three points, while junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each scored two goals. Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied one goal and one assist. Carrellas led the team with four ground balls and Hennessey led the Crusaders with four caused turnovers. Klimasewiski led the team with five draw controls.
Central Connecticut was led by Meaghan McCurry who scored five goals. Betsy Vendel tallied one goal and three assists for four points.
The Crusaders moved out to a 3-0 lead with a goal by Zebrowski off a pass by Ryan, a free-position goal by Hennessey and a goal by Carrellas. After Vendel scored CCSU's first goal, Carrellas found the back of the net on a free-position shot to increase the Crusader lead to 4-1 with 21:36 left in the first half. McCurry then netted two straight goals to make it a 4-3 contest, but the Crusaders answered by scoring three consecutive goals to take a 7-3 lead to the half. Klimasewiski scored on a free-position shot, while Zebrowski made it a 6-3 game with her second goal. With just 26 seconds left Klimasewiski netted her second goal of the contest and the last of the first half.
After Mackenzy Ryan made it a 7-4 contest by scoring the first goal of the second half, the Crusaders scored two straight to move out to a 9-4 advantage. Ryan scored off a pass from sophomore Seton Hartnett (Westfield, N.J.) and Klimasewiski tallied her first career hat-trick and game-winner off a pass from senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.). CCSU then cut the Crusader lead to just two goals at 9-7 by scoring three straight. But Hennessey ended Central Connecticut's scoring streak when she found the back of the net off a pass by Zebrowski with 11:54 remaining in the second half. With 4:56 left, McCurry scored to make it a 10-8 game. But that would be the last goal of the contest for the 10-8 final.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made six saves and is now 8-6 on the season. Her eight wins are tied for sixth all-time in a single-season at the school. Erin DeLancey posted 10 saves for CCSU. The Crusaders outshot Central Connecticut, 31-22, while CCSU picked up 20 ground balls and Holy Cross tallied 16. The Crusaders secured 14 draw controls and Central Connecticut posted five. The Crusaders went 3-9 on free-position shots and CCSU went 1-3.
The Crusaders, who have clinched a bid to the Patriot League Tournament, return to action when they conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. versus Patriot League opponent Lafayette at Holy Cross Field.