EASTON, Pa. – Senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) posted five goals and two assists for a career-best seven points as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 20-10, at Fisher Stadium on Saturday in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-3 overall (1-0 PL), while the Leopards fall to 5-2 overall (0-1 PL). The Crusaders' 4-3 record is their best start to a season since 2007 when they were 5-2.
Senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) recorded four goals and one assist for a career-best five points, while junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) extended her goal scoring streak to 23 straight games with four goals.
Each team scored two goals during the early going as Hennessey gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead with a goal off a pass from freshman MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) and Carrellas gave the Crusaders a 2-1 advantage with her first goal of the contest. With the game tied at 2-2, Holy Cross netted five consecutive goals. Carrellas scored twice during that stretch for her second hat-trick of the season and the 10th of her career, while Zebrowski, senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) each scored once. The Crusaders then outscored the Leopards, 2-1, to close out that half with a 9-3 lead with a goal by Hennessey off an assist by Bozel and a goal by Carrellas giving her four for the game.
After Laura Kleiber cut the lead to 9-4, Zebrowski netted her second goal of the game, but Kleiber scored again to make it a 10-5 contest. The Crusaders then scored two goals as Ryan found the back of the net and junior Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) scored her first goal of the season with an assist by Zebrowski. After Kleiber posted her third goal of the game, Zebrowski and Hennessey each found the back of the net as both goals were assisted by freshman Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.). Zebrowski now has three hat-tricks this season and 16 for her career, while Hennessey now has four hat-tricks this season and 12 for her career. After a Lafayette goal, the Crusaders netted three straight with goals by Hennessey, Zebrowski and sophomore Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) to extend the lead to 17-7. Concilio posted her third assist of the contest on Hennessey's goal and Carrellas tallied an assist on Russert's goal. With the score now 17-9, Sutton found the back of the net off a pass by Zebrowski and then Zebrowski tallied her fifth goal of the game and the 98th of her career. Each team closed out the game with a goal as senior Tina Marino (Hillsborough, N.J.) netted her first career goal with 40 seconds remaining for the 20-10 final score. Along with Kleiber, Ana White also posted three goals for Lafayette.
Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made 11 saves to earn the win and improve to 4-3 on the season, while Mimi Connell posted two saves for the Leopards. Lafayette outshot Holy Cross, 26-25, while each team picked up 14 ground balls. The Leopards secured 20 draw controls and Holy Cross tallied 12. Lafayette went 4-8 on free-position shots.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 12, when they travel to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown at 4:00 p.m.