March 15, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. − Navy's Caitlin Mandrin Hill scored the game-winner to break an 11-11 tie with 2:57 left in the second half as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Navy, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. Senior Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H.) led Holy Cross with three goals and one assist for four points. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-6 overall (0-2 Patriot League), while the Midshipmen improve to 6-0 overall (1-0 Patriot League). This was Navy's first ever Patriot League game in school-history.
Senior Kristine Corkum (Ipswich, Mass.), senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) and freshman Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) each scored two goals, while senior Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) each had one goal. Senior Cashel Scanlon (Bethesda, Md.) had one assist.
Navy was led by Erin Rawlick's four goals and Meg Decker's three goals and one assist. Katrina Nietsch and Mandrin Hill each scored two goals.
Rawlick scored the first two goals of the game to give Navy an early 2-0 lead before Bolduc put the Crusaders on the scoreboard to make it a 2-1 game. The Mids then went onto score three straight times to increase their lead to 5-1. Holy Cross answered back with goals by Boylan and Bolduc to cut the deficit to 5-3. Boylan's goal was on a free position shot. After Rawlick scored her third goal of the contest, Gardner made it a 6-4 game going into halftime when she scored from an assist by Scanlon
O'Leary started the second half with a free position goal, but then Navy scored three unanswered goals to move out to a 9-5 advantage. After a goal by Corkum, the Mids scored two more goals to make it an 11-6 lead with 18:10 remaining in the half. The Crusaders then scored five straight goals to tie the game at 11-11 with 5:13 left on the clock. The goals were scored by Corkum, Bolduc, Boylan off an assist by Bolduc, and goals off free position shots by Archambault and Gardner. With 2:57 remaining, Hill scored the game-winner for the 12-11 final score.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made eight saves, while Natalie Blandon stopped nine shots for Navy. The Crusaders had 24 shots and picked up 15 ground balls, while the Mids had 30 shots and picked up 17 ground balls.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, March 19, when they host Vermont in the home-opener at the Hart Turf Field at 4:00 p.m.