Holy Cross Opens Season With 14-11 Loss

Feb. 26, 2005

Box Score

Amherst, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team opened up the 2005 campaign with a 14-11 loss to Massachusetts Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. Sophomore Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) led the Crusaders (0-1) with six goals, but it was not enough as the Minutewomen outscored HC 15-12 in the second half to seal the win.

Holy Cross started the game on fire as Sutton scored three consecutive goals in the first six minutes of action. Senior Eileen Hartigan (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) then made the score 4-0 in the 20th minute, but the Minutewomen responded with four straight goals to tie the game with 10:59 remaining in the first. UMass then tallied three more goals, including two in the final 15 seconds, to take a 7-5 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Minutewomen continued their hot streak, scoring the first three goals of the period, giving UMass a 10-5 advantage. Senior Dee Dee Banel (Edmonds, Washington) answered for the Crusaders (0-1) at the 41:04 mark of play to pull Holy Cross within four, 10-6. But the Minutewomen again fired off a trio of goals to go up 13-6.

Holy Cross battled back scoring four consecutive goals in the final six minutes of play. Junior Carolyn Smirti (Long Island, N.Y.) beat UMass goalie Lauren McCarthy to start the rally followed by a pair of goals from Sutton. With 2:48 to go, sophomore Jacque Hastings (Sewickley, Pa.) pulled the Crusaders within three, 13-10, with her first tally of the game.

Both squads traded goals in the final 2:00 of action with Kerri Connerty scoring for UMass and Smirti scoring for Holy Cross to give the final 14-11 score.

Going into the intermission, both teams were tied with 11 shots. UMass held the final advantage at 26-23. The Minutewomen had an 18-9 advantage on draw controls, but committed 12 turnovers to just seven for the Crusaders. UMass also converted five-of-eight free position shots, while Holy Cross converted three-of-five.

Sutton converted her six goals on just eight shots, while Kerri Connerty finished the contest with four goals to lead UMass.

Crusader goalie Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.) made 10 saves for HC. Lauren McCarthy made nine saves in the cage for UMass.

The Crusaders take on the University of New Hampshire Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The UNH game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, but has been moved due to expected inclement weather conditions.