NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) posted three goals and two assists for five points, while junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) and sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) each scored two goals, but the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 10-8, on Saturday at Reese Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3, while the Bulldogs start the season 1-0.
Hennessey now has 100 career goals making her the ninth Crusader to ever score 100 or more goals. Ryan tallied her 100th career point as she is the 20th player in program history to reach 100 points.
Yale was led by Erin Magnuson who scored three goals and Christina Doherty who tallied two goals.
After the Bulldogs netted the first two goals of the game, the Crusaders posted five straight goals to take a 5-2 lead. Hennessey scored the first Crusader goal of the game with a free-position shot, while sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) tied the contest at 2-2 with a goal off a pass by Hennessey. After the Crusaders took the lead when Hennessey found the back of the net, Ryan scored two straight to increase the advantage to 5-2 with 8:51 remaining. Hennessey assisted on Ryan's first goal, while Ryan's second goal was her 100th career point. She now has 83 goals and 17 assists for 100 points. After the Bulldogs made it a 5-3 game, Martino netted two straight free-position goals as the Crusaders took a 7-3 lead to the half.
The Bulldogs outscored the Crusaders, 7-1 in the second half to earn the 10-8 victory. With the Bulldogs leading 10-7 with 7:05 left, Hennessey scored her 100th career goal to make it a 10-8 contest. But the Crusaders were unable to find the back of the net again for the 10-8 final score.
Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made four saves, while Erin McMullan posted seven saves for the Bulldogs. Yale outshot Holy Cross by a 24-22 margin, while the Crusaders tallied 17 ground balls and the Bulldogs posted 12. Yale secured 14 draw controls and Holy Cross tallied five, while the Crusaders went 4-5 on free-position shots and the Bulldogs went 4-10.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they host Fairfield at 4:00 p.m.
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