ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With Holy Cross trailing 8-5 with 25:54 left in the second half, the Mids ended the game by outscoring the Crusaders by a 10-6 margin as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Navy, 18-11, in the Patriot League Tournament championship game on Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the No. 3 seeded Crusaders conclude the season 10-8 overall, while the No. 1 seeded Mids improve to 17-2 overall and are the first team to ever win three straight Patriot League Tournament titles. Navy will play at the champion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday, May 5, in a NCAA Tournament play-in game which will be either Oregon or Stanford. Senior captain Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.), senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team.
Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) led the Crusaders with three goals and two assists for five points, while Carrellas posted three goals and one assist for four points. Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) tallied two goals and one assist for three points. Junior Sara Cox (Chatham, N.J.) led the team with four ground balls, while sophomore Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) and Mary Klimasewiski (Cochester, Conn.) each tallied three draw controls.
The Mids were led by Aimee Gennaro and Kathy Young who each scored seven goals. Jasmine DePompeo posted one goal and two assists for three points. Loren Genari recorded eight draw controls.
After Navy scored the first five goals of the contest, Hennessey ended the Mids' scoring streak by finding the back of the net with 15:56 left in the first half to make it a 5-1 game. But the Mids responded with two straight goals to increase their lead to 7-1. The Crusaders then answered with three consecutive goals to cut the Navy lead to 7-4. Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) scored on a free-position shot, Ryan netted a goal off a pass from Hennessey and Shea found the back of the net on a free-position shot. With just 24 seconds left, Gennaro scored off a pass by DePompeo as the Mids took an 8-4 lead to the half.
Ryan made it a three-goal game with 25:54 remaining in the second half when she scored her second goal of the contest, but Navy moved out to a 10-5 advantage with two goals. After Hennessey scored off a pass from Carrellas for her second goal of the contest, the Mids posted three straight goals to increase their lead to 13-6. Ryan's third goal of the game for her sixth hat-trick of the season and a goal by Klimasewiski off a pass by Ryan made it a 13-8 score, but Navy responded by scoring four consecutive goals for a 17-8 advantage. Ryan's goal was on a free-position shot. After Carrellas tallied two straight goals to make it a 17-10 contest, Danielle Vivonetto scored off a pass from DePompeo with 1:31 remaining. Carrellas' second goal was on a free-position shot. Carrellas then recorded her third hat-trick of the season and the eighth of her career when she scored off a pass from Ryan with 16 seconds left for the last goal of the game for the 18-11 final.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made six saves to conclude the season with a 10-7 record, while Michelle Verbeeck posted four saves to improve to 7-0. Navy outshot Holy Cross 28-22, while the Mids picked up 13 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 10. Navy tallied 18 draw controls and Holy Cross secured 13. The Crusaders went 4-10 on free-position shots and the Mids went 1-2.
Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Kathy Young - MVP