April 8, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Carolyn Smirti and Patricia Sutton both scored hat tricks and six other Crusaders got in the scoring column to lead the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team to a thrilling 14-12 win over American on Saturday afternoon at William I. Jacobs Field. Holy Cross remains at the top of the Patriot League standings with a 5-0 record in conference action and improves to 9-4 overall with the win. The Eagles fall to 5-8 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
Down by three (8-5) at the half, American fought back to score three consecutive goals in a span of three minutes and 46 seconds to tie the game for the fourth time (1-1; 2-2; 3-3) at 8-8. But the Crusaders regrouped and went on a pivotal 6-1 run - that essentially sealed the win - as they took a 14-9 lead with 6:20 remaining in the game. Six different players scored during the run for Holy Cross, which has scored 14 or more goals in three of its last four games.
The Eagles would not go away quietly, though, as Danielle Rhinehart sparked what would be a three-goal run for the home team to pull within two (14-12) with less than a minute in the game. Rhinehart scored with 6:08 on the clock and was followed by a Lauren Lane score with 1:38 to go. Just 48 seconds later, Lauren Aksionoff added another Eagle goal to cut the deficit to two, but the Holy Cross defense was able to stave off the rally for the next 50 seconds as time expired.
Holy Cross opened the game with a Sutton goal less than four minutes in. American then scored twice to take its first lead of the game, 2-1. Sutton tallied her second goal of the day to tie things up at 2-2 with 20:11 on the clock, before Moriah Linnell gave the Eagles a 3-2 edge five minutes later. Holy Cross then answered with five straight goals and had an 8-5 lead at the break, before American tied the game again at 8 a piece with three goals in the opening minutes of the second stanza.
The Crusaders then made their decisive 6-1 run over the next 15 minutes to take the 14-9 lead with 6:08 on the clock.
Megan Orr made eight saves in goal for Holy Cross, while Kathleen Finnegan came up with seven stops for the Eagles, who held a slight 27-25 shot advantage.
The Crusaders will play three non-conference games before they conclude the season with a 3:00 p.m. showdown with Patriot League preseason favorite, Colgate, on Friday, April 21. The Cross will host Fairfield on Wednesday, April 12, and Oregon on Thursday, April 13, before traveling to Boston College on Wednesday, April 21. Holy Cross and Colgate are currently tied for first place in the conference standings. The winner of the Holy Cross versus Colgate game will earn the right to host the Patriot League Tournament at the end of the month.