BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) tallied three goals and one assist for points, senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored three goals and junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) netted her 100th career goal as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lehigh, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Patriot League action in the regular season-finale. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-11 overall (4-4 PL), while the Mountain Hawks fall to 7-8 overall (4-4 PL).
The Crusaders are the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will host No. 5 seed Colgate in the quarterfinals at Holy Cross Field on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. No. 3 seed Boston University will host No. 6 seed Lehigh in the other quarterfinal game on Tuesday. The semifinals and championship game will be hosted by No. 1 seed Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, April 24 and Saturday, April 26. Both the Greyhounds and No. 2 seed Navy have earned a bye to the semifinals.
After Lehigh scored the first three goals of the game, the Crusaders responded with four straight to move out to a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored two goals during this stretch, while Hennessey and Martino each found the back of the net once. With 5:32 left in the first half, Allison LaBeau tied the game at 4-4 for the Mountain Hawks.
With 24:02 remaining in the second half, Hennessey gave the Crusaders a 5-4 lead with her second goal of the contest. After a goal by Carli Sukonik tied the game at 5-5, Martino's second goal gave the Crusaders a 6-5 lead with 17:59 left. Martino then scored on a free-position shot for the 7-5 advantage with 16:36 left. The goal was her third of the day giving her three hat-tricks this season. Then with 11:21 remaining, Hennessey found the back of the net to make it an 8-5 game with her third goal of the contest. She has four hat-tricks this year and 18 for her career. Ryan netted her 100th career goal with 6:06 remaining. Ryan is now the 10th Crusader to ever score 100 or more career goals. The Mountain Hawks added a goal by Krista Dampman with 3:43 left for the 9-6 final score.
Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made five saves to earn the win, while Alex Fitzpatrick posted seven saves. Holy Cross outshot Lehigh, 24-13, while the Mountain Hawks picked up 12 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 11. Lehigh secured nine draw controls and Holy Cross posted eight, while the Crusaders went 2-6 on free-position shots and the Mountain Hawks went 2-4.
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