WORCESTER, Mass. – With the game tied at 7-7 with 36 seconds left in the second half, sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored the game-winner as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 8-7, in Patriot League action on Saturday evening at Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders have won eight of their last 11 games including three straight and improve to 9-7 overall (4-2 PL), while the Leopards conclude their season 9-8 overall (2-4 PL). The Crusaders' nine overall wins are their most since going 13-6 in 2007, while their four Patriot League victories are their most since going 5-0 also in 2007.
The Crusaders will be the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament in Annapolis, Md., and will take on No. 2 seed Colgate in the semifinals on Friday, April 27 at 7:45 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. No. 1 seed Navy will play No. 4 seed American at 5:00 p.m. in the first semifinal.
Hennessey led the Crusaders with three goals as she posted her sixth hat-trick of the season and the eighth of her career. Also her four game-winners this season lead the team. She now has six career game-winners. Junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) scored two goals, while senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) tallied one goal and one assist for two points. Hennessey led the team with four draw controls, while she tied with junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) for the team lead with two caused turnovers.
The Leopards were led by Addie Godfrey who tallied three goals and one assist for four points. Jessica Rothstein netted three goals.
The Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead with a goal by Shea and a goal by Hennessey off a pass from Shea. The Leopards then scored two straight goals to tie the game at 2-2 with 10:53 left in the first half. But goals by Carrellas and Hennessey gave Holy Cross a 4-2 lead at the half.
The Leopards netted the first three goals of the second half to move out to a 5-4 lead with 24:43 remaining. The Crusaders answered with free-position goals by Carrellas and Zebrowski to take a 6-5 advantage with 15:30 left. After Rothstein tied the game at 6-6 off a pass by Godfrey, freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) gave the Crusaders a one-goal lead with 8:54 left. But with 1:35 remaining, Godfrey tied the contest at 7-7 with a free-position goal. With just 36 seconds left, Hennessey stole the ball from the Lafayette goalie and then scored the game-winner for the 8-7 final. The Crusaders finish their home season with a 6-1 record.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made nine saves and is now 9-6 on the season. Her nine wins are sixth all-time in a single-season at the school. Meghan Curtin tallied 15 saves for a .652 save percentage. The Crusaders outshot the Leopards, 36-28, while Lafayette picked up 15 ground balls and Holy Cross secured 13. The Crusaders tallied 10 draw controls and Lafayette posted seven. The Crusaders went 2-8 on free-position shots and Lafayette went 3-11.