DELAND, Fla. – Senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored five goals and freshman Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) netted four as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Stetson, 19-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Stetson Athletic Training Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-4 overall, while the Hatters fall to 0-6 overall. The 16-goal margin of victory is the Crusaders largest since a 17-1 win versus Siena on March 5, 2001. The three goals the Crusaders allowed were the least since a 16-3 win over Robert Morris on March 6, 2007.
Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) tallied a career-best four assists, while junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) posted two goals and two assists for four points. Freshman Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) scored three goals.
The Crusaders scored the first 15 goals of the game with 11 in the first half and the first four of the second half. Hennessey netted the first two goals of the contest as her second goal was assisted by Concilio. Hennessey extended her goal scoring streak to 37 straight games. MacKay then posted her first two collegiate goals. Ryan tallied an assist on the second goal. After Hennessey scored on a free-position shot to record her second hat trick of the season and the 16th of her career, Ryan found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) to make it a 6-0 contest with 16:31 left in the first half. Ward then scored on a free-position shot followed with a goal by Martino from Concilio and a goal by Ward from freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.). The Crusaders then closed out the half with a goal by sophomore Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and a goal by Hennessey.
MacKay tallied her first collegiate hat trick with the first goal of the second half and then added another goal to increase the lead to 13-0. Concilio posted an assist on each goal. After a goal by junior Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) off a pass from Martino, Giorgio scored off of an assist by Ryan to make the score 15-0. Danielle Horgan then ended the Crusaders' scoring streak with the Hatters' first goal of the game with 21:35 remaining in the second half. The Crusaders then posted three straight goals to extend their lead to 18-1. Freshman Mary Patalita (Alexandria, Va.) netted her first collegiate goal, followed with a goal by Ward from freshman Allison Hoffman (Hingham, Mass.) and a goal by Hennessey from sophomore MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.). Ward's goal was her third of the game for her first collegiate hat trick, while the assist by Hoffman was her first collegiate point. After a goal by Ana Baranowski for the Hatters, Ryan scored off a pass from Patalita. Mallory Tluchowski netted the last goal of the contest for the 19-3 final score.
Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) played the first half, making three saves and allowing no goals to post her 20th career win. Senior goalie Maddie Parisi (Westport, Conn.) played the second half as she made three saves. Caili Guilday allowed 11 goals and made seven saves for the Hatters, while Whitney Meyers allowed eight goals and tallied three saves. Holy Cross outshot Stetson, 34-15, while the Crusaders picked up 26 ground balls and the Hatters posted 16. Each team secured 12 draw controls, while the Crusaders went 3-6 on free-position opportunities and the Hatters went 2-6.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, March 5, when they remain at Stetson to play Sacred Heart at 1:00 p.m.
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