February 28, 2009

Holy Cross Earns 10-9 Double OT Win At Vermont

Feb. 28, 2009

 

Box Score

 

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) scored the game-winner in double overtime and junior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) recorded five goals and one assist for six points as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 10-9 in double overtime, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-2 overall, while the Catamounts fall to 1-2 overall. Holy Cross came back from trailing 6-1 in the first half.

In total Gardner had three goals and one assist for four points on the afternoon as her three goals ties her career best, while Fenton's five goals also ties her career best. Sophomore Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) had one goal and one assist, junior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored one goal and sophomore Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) had two assists.

Vermont was led by Sara Buxton, Sara DeStefano and Allison Pfohl who each had three goals.

After Vermont scored the first three goals of the contest, Fenton found the back of the net off a pass from O'Leary. Vermont then scored three straight goals to move out to a 6-1 lead, but with 23 seconds remaining in the first half Fenton made it a 6-2 game.

Holy Cross scored the first five goals of the second half to take a 7-6 advantage. Baird started the second half scoring with a goal on a free-position shot, O'Leary scored off an assist by Fenton, Fenton found the back of the net off a pass by Gardner, and then Gardner scored two straight goals off assists by Boylan. Vermont answered with a goal by DeStefano with 6:51 on the clock to tie the game at 7-7 and then it took an 8-7 lead with a goal by Buxton with 6:01 remaining in the half. With only 1:14 left in the half, Fenton scored her fourth goal of the day to send the game into overtime.

In the first overtime, Fenton gave Holy Cross a 9-8 advantage with her fifth goal of the afternoon, but with 2:06 remaining Pfohl tied the game with a free-position shot to force a second overtime. In double-overtime Gardner scored her first career game-winning goal with 4:28 left in the overtime.

Sophomore goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 18 saves to earn the win and improve to 2-2 on the year. Her 18 saves ties her career best. Olivia Hatfield stopped 13 shots for Vermont. The Crusaders earned 12 draw controls and Vermont had 11, while Vermont had 37 shots and picked up 20 ground balls, and Holy Cross had 32 shots and picked up 18 ground balls. The Crusaders went 1-6 on free-position shots and Vermont went 2-10.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday, March 6, when they play at UMBC at 4:00 p.m.