WORCESTER, Mass. – With the game tied at 14-14 in overtime, junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) netted the game-winner as time expired as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Colgate, 15-14, on Saturday in Patriot League action at Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders improve 5-7 overall (2-1 PL), while the Raiders fall to 6-6 overall (2-2 PL). This is the third straight game between the two teams that has been decided by one goal. Last season, Colgate defeated Holy Cross, 12-11, during the regular season, while the Crusaders defeated the Raiders, 13-12, in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.
Hennessey and sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) each posted three goals and one assist for four points, while senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) netted three goals. Amanda O'Sullivan and Emily Peebles each scored four goals for the Raiders.
The Crusaders moved out to a 7-0 lead. Ryan and Carrellas each scored twice during this stretch, while Hennessey, senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each scored once. Hennessey's goal extended her goal scoring streak to 28 straight games. After Brooke Flanagan put the Raiders on the scoreboard with 16:52 remaining in the first half, Sutton found the back of the net off a pass from Zebrowski to increase the lead to 8-1. But the Raiders answered with four consecutive goals to make it an 8-5 contest with 6:14 remaining. After Ryan netted a goal for her fourth hat-trick of the season and the 10th of her career, O'Sullivan scored two straight goals to close out the half with the Crusaders leading 9-7.
The Crusaders netted the first three goals of the second half to take a 12-7 lead with 20:23 left. Hennessey scored a goal off a pass by sophomore Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio), Carrellas scored her third goal of the game for her third hat-trick of the season and the 11th of her career and Russert then found the back of the net off a pass from Hennessey. Colgate then netted five straight goals to tie the game at 12-12 with 11:35 left in the second half. After Zebrowski gave the Crusaders a one-goal lead, Alison Flood tied the contest at 13-13. The Crusaders then took a 14-13 advantage with a goal by sophomore Kim Corkum (Ipswitch, Mass.) off a pass from Ryan. But with just 1:40 remaining, Peebles forced overtime with a goal off a pass from Kate Sheridan.
With just 20 seconds remaining in the six-minute overtime period, junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made a save on a shot by Alison Flood. Then with less than two seconds remaining on the clock, Hennessey was awarded her second straight free-position shot and took advantage of the opportunity scoring the game-winner. The goal was her second game-winner of the season and the ninth of her career. She also now has five hat-tricks this season and 13 for her career.
Weber made three saves and is now 5-6 this season, while Jennie Berglin posted four saves and is now 6-6. Holy Cross outshot Colgate, 26-23, while the Raiders secured 13 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 12. Holy Cross tallied 20 draw controls and Colgate posted 11, while the Crusaders went 4-7 on free-position shots and the Raiders went 4-6.
The Crusaders return to action for a game at Holy Cross Field on Saturday, April 6, when they play Patriot League opponent Navy at 12:00 p.m. for Senior Day.