February 28, 2006

Lacrosse Opens Season, 2-0

Feb. 28, 2006

Box Score

Durham, N.H. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team scored the last three goals of the game, including the only tally in overtime, to rally to defeat the University of New Hampshire, 12-11, on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Field. Holy Cross improves to 2-0, while handing the Wildcats a loss in their season-opener. The win mark's Holy Cross' first over UNH since the 1996 season.

Junior Patricia Sutton led the Crusader offense with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Kristine Corkum and senior Melissa Conley both finished with two goals and an assist. Senior Carolyn Smirti also scored two goals.

Trailing 11-9 with 3:15 remaining in regulation, the Crusaders pulled within one goal on a strike by sophomore Nikki Bolduc at the 58:33 mark. Holy Cross won possession on the ensuing draw control and Conley scored with just 61 seconds remaining in regulation to pull the Crusaders even, 11-11. Holy Cross once again gained possession off the draw control and freshman Calley Benoit's shot caromed off the crossbar in the waning seconds.

The Crusaders then won the opening draw and Conley scored a free position goal with 61:40 on the clock to give Holy Cross a 12-11 lead. Holy Cross controlled possession for the last 1:20 of the first three-minute overtime session to protect its one-goal advantage.

Holy Cross goalie Megan Orr made 16 saves on the day for the Crusaders, while New Hampshire goalkeeper Ashley Milley recorded 13 saves, including one in the six-minute overtime.

Holy Cross built a 4-0 lead on goals by Amy Archambault (at 1:08), Sutton (7:43), Smirti (8:43) and Corkum (17:30). Blanchette put New Hampshire into the scoring column at 21:52 and set up Talbot's tally at 26:33 to pull the Wildcats within two (4-2). But Kelly Winslow struck on a free position shot at 27:26 to close the first half scoring and give the Crusaders a 5-2 lead at the break.

Leland scored 49 seconds into the second half to once again trim the deficit to two goals (5-3), but goals by Smirti and Corkum extended the Crusaders' lead to 7-3. Durepo and Talbot struck 38 seconds apart to lift UNH within 7-5 before Sutton's tally at 44:49.

Another pair of quick strikes - this time 33 seconds apart by Talbot and Blanchette - pulled UNH within one (8-7), then Leland and Von Bargen scored 18 seconds apart in the 51st minute to give New Hampshire its first lead of the day, 9-8.

Sutton's third goal evened the score, 9-9, at 51:56. Webster then scored consecutive goals 60 seconds apart to put the Wildcats ahead, 11-9, with 3:15 to play before Holy Cross' three goal streak which eventually won the game.