Feb. 17, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) recorded three goals and senior tri-captain senior Samantha Hallowell (Duxbury, Mass.) scored the game-winner with her first collegiate goal as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Massachusetts, 11-7, in the season-opener for both teams on Tuesday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders start the year 1-0 overall, while the Minutewomen begin the season 0-1 overall.
Sophomore Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) also each had three points for Holy Cross as O'Leary recorded two goals and one assist, while Gardner had one goal and two assists. Senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) netted two goals and sophomore Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) had one goal and one assist. Senior tri-captain Kaitlyn Curley (New York, N.Y.) had one goal and senior Calley Benoit (Concord, N.H.) had one assist. Freshman Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) earned her first collegiate point with an assist.
UMass was led by senior Holly Drown and junior Merritt Cosgrove as they each had two goals. Jackie Lyons also recorded two points with one goal and one assist.
The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead with goals off free-position shots by Boylan and Curley. After Lyons made it a 2-1 game with a free-position goal of her own, Baird increased the Holy Cross lead to 3-1 with a goal off a pass from Benoit with 19:27 left in the first half. The Minutewomen then tied the game at 3-3 with a free-position goal by Stephanie Hopkins and a goal by Drown off an assist from Brittany Brigandi with 9:29 on the clock. The Crusaders would then end the half with three unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead into intermission. Baird recorded her second goal of the contest as Gardner assisted, while Fenton found the back of the net off a pass by Boylan and then scored her second goal with 1:39 remaining off an assist by O'Leary.
UMass answered back early in the second half with three straight goals to tie the game at 6-6. But O'Leary then moved Holy Cross out to a 7-6 advantage with a goal with 19:01 on the clock. Sutton assisted on the goal. After the Minutewomen tied the game at 7-7 with a free-position goal by Meghan Reddy at 18:31, the Crusaders scored four unanswered goals to earn the 11-7 victory. Hallowell's game-winner came with 17:08 remaining in the half and was followed by a goal by Gardner, Fenton's third goal with an assist by Gardner and O'Leary's second goal of the game.
Sophomore goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 11 saves, while freshman Katie Florence stopped nine shots for UMass. Holy Cross outshot the Minutewomen, 30-25, while the Crusaders picked up 13 ground balls and UMass had 11. Hallowell and Boylan each had four ground balls. Holy Cross was very strong in draw controls as it earned 14 and the Minutewomen had six. Gardner and Boylan were impressive as they each controlled four draws. The Crusaders went 3-8 in free-position shot opportunities and UMass went 3-9.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21, when they host Harvard at 3:00 p.m.