Feb. 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) scored a career-best five goals and also had one assist for six points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 13-10, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-1 overall, while the Crimson begin the season 1-0 overall.
Junior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) had one goal and two assists for three points for Holy Cross, while senior Calley Benoit (Concord, N.H.) recorded two goals and junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had two assists. Sophomores Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) each scored one goal, while freshman Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) recorded her first collegiate point with an assist.
Harvard was led by Jess Halpern's six goals, Kaitlin Martin's three goals and two assists, and Katie Doherty's four goals.
After the Crimson scored the first three goals of the game, Fenton netted a goal with 14:16 remaining in the first half to make it a 3-1 score. Halpern then scored her third and fourth goals of the contest to give Harvard a 5-1 advantage. The Crusaders closed out the half with three unanswered goals in less than a minute to make it a 5-4 game. O'Leary scored off a pass from Baird at 2:52, Fenton netted a goal off a pass by Gardner at 2:43 and Boylan scored on a free-position shot at 1:55.
With Harvard leading 6-4 in the second half, Holy Cross tied the game at 6-6 with a free-position goal by Benoit and a goal by Baird off an assist by Fenton. The Crimson then scored four straight goals to move out to a 10-6 advantage. After Benoit found the back of net off a pass from Baird, Harvard scored twice to make it a 12-7 game. Fenton then recorded three unanswered goals to move Holy Cross within two at 12-10 with 6:45 left in the half. Fenton's first goal was assisted by Gardner and her second one by Furman. But with 4:05 remaining, Halpern ended the Crusaders' scoring streak with her sixth goal of the contest for the 13-10 final score.
Sophomore goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 12 saves, while Kerry Clark stopped nine shots. The Crimson outshot Holy Cross, 30-25, while Harvard picked up 12 ground balls and had 14 draw controls, and the Crusaders picked up nine ground balls and had 11 draw controls. The Crismson went 1-2 on free-position shots and Holy Cross went 2-7.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when they host New Hampshire at 3:00 p.m.