WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each netted four goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lehigh, 14-6, at Holy Cross Field on Friday afternoon in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 8-9 overall (3-3 PL) and will be No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, while the Mountain Hawks conclude the season 4-12 overall (1-5 PL). The Crusaders will play either Navy or American in the Patriot League semifinals on Friday, April 26. The winner of the Navy versus American game on April 21 will earn the No. 1 seed and host the tournament. Today's contest was also the team's fourth annual Stephanie's Mission game. To support Stephanie's Mission and to donate to the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund go to http://stephaniesmission.org/.
After Kendall Garden gave the Mountain Hawks an early 1-0 lead, Carrellas tied the contest at 1-1 with a free-position goal. Lehigh then netted four straight goals to move out to a 5-1 advantage. But the Crusaders answered with five consecutive goals to close out the first half with a 6-5 lead. Senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals during this stretch, while Carrellas, Zebrowski and junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each found the back of the net. Hennessey extended her goal scoring streak to 30 straight games.
Sutton netted the first goal of the second half to increase the lead to 7-5 on a free-position shot. Sutton now has four hat-tricks this season and 14 for her career. Carrellas then posted her third goal of the contest giving her four hat-tricks this season and 12 for her. After Zebrowski netted the Crusaders' eighth consecutive goal, Carli Sukonik ended the Crusaders' scoring streak to make it a 9-6 game. Holy Cross then tallied five straight goals for the 14-6 final score. Zebrowski scored twice during this stretch, while Hennessey, Carrellas and sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) each scored once. Zebrowski has six hat-tricks this season and 19 for her career. The Crusaders have now won three of their last four games to conclude the regular season.
Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made five saves to earn the win, while Alex Fitzpatrick posted four saves. Holy Cross outshot Lehigh, 23-14, while the Crusaders secured 20 ground balls and Leigh tallied 13. Holy Cross totaled 12 draw controls and Lehigh posted 10, while the Crusaders went 5-7 on free-position shots and the Mountain Hawks went 2-3.
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