March 18, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist for three points, while freshman Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals, but the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Boston College, 15-7, on Wednesday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-6 overall, while the Eagles improve to 6-2 overall.
Junior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.), junior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) and freshman Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) each scored one goal. Shea's goal was her first collegiate goal. Sophomore Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) had two assists and sophomore Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) had one assist.
Boston College was led by Lauren Costello who scored five goals and Kristin Igoe who had four goals and one assist.
After Igoe scored the first goal of the contest, the Crusaders responded with two straight goals to take a 2-1 lead. Sutton scored off a pass by Gardner, while Baird netted a goal off an assist by Boylan. After BC tied the game at 2-2 with a goal by Maura Mahoney, Gardner found the back of the net just 15 seconds later off a pass from O'Leary with 21:23 left in the first half for a 3-2 Holy Cross lead. Costello then scored three straight goals to move Boston College out to a 5-3 advantage. But, the Crusaders made it a 5-4 game when Sutton scored her second goal of the game. The goal was assisted by O'Leary. After Lauren Fitzpatrick scored for the Eagles, Shea closed out the first half with a goal to make it a 6-5 score in favor of BC.
Igoe increased the Boston College lead to 8-5 with two free-position goals in a row, while Gardner scored her second goal of the game to make the score 8-6 with 22:25 remaining in the second half. The Eagles then scored four unanswered goals to move out to a six-goal lead at 12-6. After Fenton scored on a free-position shot, BC scored three straight goals for the 15-7 final score.
Junior goalie Allison Donovan (Saco, Maine) made a career-best eight saves in her first collegiate start, while Katie Monaghan stopped five shots to earn the win. The Eagles outshot the Crusaders, 37-15, while each team picked up 12 ground balls. Boston College earned 16 draw controls and went 3-6 on free-positions shots, while Holy Cross had eight draw controls and went 1-5.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 21, when they play Navy in a Patriot League contest in Worcester at 3:00 p.m. The game can be seen live on Crusader All-Access. Fans can watch live Holy Cross games on GoHolyCross.com for a $9.95 monthly subscription. In addition to the live video streaming, games will be archived, so anyone with a subscription can go back and watch them at a later date.