WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored the game-winner in overtime as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 11-10, on Saturday at Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-6 overall (3-1 PL), while the Leopards fall to 3-7 overall (0-4 PL).
Freshman Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) posted three goals for her second hat-trick of the season to lead the Crusaders. Laura Kleiber led the Leopards with four goals.
After Kleiber scored the first goal of the contest, the Crusaders answered with three straight goals. Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) scored off a pass from sophomore Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), junior Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) netted a goal with an assist by junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) and freshman Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) posted a goal off a pass by freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.). Lafayette then scored four consecutive goals to take a 5-3 lead to the half.
The Crusaders started the second half by netting six straight goals to move out to a 9-5 advantage with 23:51 left. Ward scored three goals during this stretch, while Martino, Smith and Ryan each netted one goal. But the Leopards responded by scoring four goals to tie the game at 9-9 with 8:33 remaining. With 5:14 left, Russert gave the Crusaders a 10-9 lead when she scored a goal off a pass from Concilio. Amanda Case then tied the game at 10-10 with 3:37 to play. With just 12 seconds left Ryan fired a shot that was saved by Lafayette goalie Meghan Curtin as the game went to overtime.
With 3:06 remaining in the six-minute overtime period, Concilio gave the Crusaders an 11-10 lead when she picked up a ground ball that was also contested by Curtin. She was then able to send the ball to the empty net for her first career game-winner. With 1:25 remaining in overtime, senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made a save on a free-position shot by Ana White. Then with just 14 seconds left, Case fired a shot that hit the post and Ward secured the ground ball to wrap up the victory.
Weber made nine saves to earn the win, while Curtin also posted nine saves. Each team took 24 shots, while the Crusaders posted 24 ground balls and the Leopards tallied 16. Lafayette secured 13 draw controls and Holy Cross tallied 12, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on free-position shots and the Leopards went 2-4.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 29, when they travel to No. 16 Loyola (Md.) for a Patriot League contest in Baltimore, Md., at 1:00 p.m.
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