Crusaders Down Lehigh, 10-4
March 25, 2006
Bethlehem, Pa. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team rebounded from its heartbreaking sudden death loss to Brown on Thursday with a convincing 10-4 victory over Patriot League foe, Lehigh, on Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Holy Cross improved to 6-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference action, while snapping a two-game Lehigh (3-5, 0-2 Patriot League) winning streak.
Sophomore Amy Archambault led the Crusader offense with three goals, while junior Patricia Sutton and senior Carolyn Smirti added two scores each. Melissa Conley, Kristine Corkum and Kelly Winslow were also in the scoring column for Holy Cross.
Sutton got the Crusaders on the board first with an unassisted effort just 23 seconds into the game, but Lehigh freshman Sara MacIntyre tied things up less than five minutes later with her first of two tallies on the day.
The next 15 minutes were scoreless, until Archambault collected a pass from Winslow and beat Mountain Hawk keeper Kyle Begina, giving Holy Cross a 2-1 edge.
Corkum and Smirti then netted back-to-back goals to give the Crusaders a little breathing room with a 4-1 lead with 1:16 remaining in the half. An Amy Chamberlain score just ten seconds later pulled Lehigh to within two (4-2), but Winlsow scored just 15 seconds after that, sending the Crusaders into the break with a 5-2 advantage.
Chamberlain opened the second half with her second score of the game five minutes into the second stanza, cutting the deficit to two (5-3), but Holy Cross scored four unanswered goals - one from Sutton, two from Archambault and another from Smirti - to take a commanding 9-3 lead with 4:10 left.
Both teams added goals late for the 10-4 final.
Junior goalie Megan Orr recorded 14 saves for her sixth win of the season. Begina made eight stops in her first loss of the year.
Holy Cross will play host to Siena in non-conference action on Wednesday, March 29, at 3:30 PM.