March 29, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.) scored a team-high four goals, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team was defeated at Lehigh, 17-9, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot Legue action at the Ulrich Sports Complex. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks improve to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
The score was close throughout the first half, as neither team led by more than one goal at any time before the break. Holy Cross went up 4-3 with 12:46 left in the half on a goal by freshman Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.), but Lehigh then scored the final two goals of the half to take a 5-4 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders would score the first three goals of the second half to go up 7-5 with 24:07 left to play, as sophomore Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.), Archambault and senior Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H.) all found the net. But the Mountain Hawks came back to score 10 straight goals over the next 20 minutes to put the game away. Both teams then scored twice in the final four minutes, to conclude the scoring with Lehigh ahead, 17-9.
Bolduc finished the game with two goals for Holy Cross, while O'Leary had a goal and an assist. Lauren Dykstra led the Mountain Hawks with five goals and an assist, and Allison Thomas added four goals and an assist.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 11 saves, while Kelsy Ferris made 15 saves for Lehigh. The Crusaders had 31 shots and picked up 26 ground balls, while the Mountain Hawks had 35 shots and picked up 35 ground balls. Holy Cross went 1-5 on free position shots and Lehigh went 6-9.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 2, when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to meet Yale at 3:00 p.m.