March 19, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross sophomore Nikki Bolduc scored a career-high six goals and five other Crusaders got in the scoring column, as the Crusader women's lacrosse team breezed by Patriot League foe, Bucknell, 16-8, on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Turf. Holy Cross improves to 5-2 (2-0 Patriot League), while the Bison fall to 2-5 overall (0-2 Patriot League).
Senior Carolyn Smirti and sophomore Kristine Corkum both had hat tricks for the Crusaders, while junior Patricia Sutton tallied two goals and two assists. Amy Archambault and Jacque Hastings also scored goals for the home team. Senior Melissa Conley tied Sutton for game-high honors with two assists.
Bucknell got on the board first when Lauren Deitrich scored just 5:38 into the game. But the Crusaders regrouped and rattled off five straight goals to take a 5-1 lead with 11:23 remaining in the half. The Bison made things interested and responded with consecutive goals to cut the lead to just two (5-3), but Holy Cross outscored Bucknell, 5-1 to end the half and took a comfortable 10-4 lead into the break.
Both Bolduc and Smirti scored three goals in the first half, as Holy Cross outshot its opponent, 20-9, in the first thirty minutes of play.
Holy Cross continued to dominate in the second half, but only had a 6-4 scoring advantage over the Bison, as Bucknell refused to go away. Bolduc opened the half with her fourth tally of the day, before two more Bucknell scores cut the lead to five (11-6) with 15:26 remaining in the game. Corkum's free position goal at the 42:00 mark was answered by a Sarah Collins tally, keeping the Bison within striking distance. But three straight Holy Cross goals in a three minute span gave the Crusaders some breathing room down the stretch. Bucknell scored twice more before the final horn sounded for the 16-8 score.
The Crusaders had a 30-19 shot advantage and picked up 27 groundballs on the afternoon.
Junior goalie Megan Orr made six saves to record her fifth win of the season. Bucknell's Lizzy McDaniel had nine saves for the visitors.
Holy Cross is back in action on Thursday, March 23, when it hosts Brown in a 3:30 p.m. match.