April 3, 2005
Easton, Pa. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team bounced back from last Wednesday's devasting double-overtime loss to Siena, to defeat Lafayette, 10-5 in a conference match-up Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders have now won six of their last eight contests and improve to 6-5 on the season, 3-1 in Patriot League play. Lafayette drops to 0-7 overall (0-4 Patriot League).
Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of play thanks to unassisted efforts by Eileen Hartigan, Patricia Sutton and Kaitlin Nangle. The Crusaders, however, only went into the break with a slim 4-3 advantage after giving up two Leopard scores in the final 3:55 of the first half.
Less than three minutes into the second half, Lafayette tied the score at 4-4 on a Natalie Kuhnert tally. HC's Amy Archambault put the Crusaders back on top (5-4) shortly thereafter, but Lafayette came back to tie the game (5-5) a second time on a Madalyn Booth goal with 21:07 remaining in the game.
Holy Cross scored five unanswered goals to close the game out, starting with an Archambault score at the 20:55 mark, which gave HC a 6-5 lead. Neither team got on the board again until less than seven minutes to play when Carolyn Smirti beat Lafayette goalie Jaclyn Kushner for a 7-5 HC lead. The Crusaders then scored three more times to earn their third league win of the season.
Archambault, Smirti and Hartigan led all scorers with two goals each.
Sophomore goalie Megan Orr made six saves for the Crusaders, who peppered Kushner with 26 shots on the afternoon. She had nine stops in the losing effort.
Holy Cross hosts Vermont on Thursday, April 7 at 3:30.