April 9, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. Senior Kristine Corkum (Ipswich, Mass.) scored five goals but it was not enough as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Fairfield, 21-14, on Wednesday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-9 overall, while the Stags improve to 11-1 overall. Corkum's five goals is the second most in her career as her career best is six in the 18-11 win over Boston College on March 14, 2007.
Senior Kelly Winslow (Norfolk, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) each scored three goals, while senior Nikki Bolduc (Stratham, N.H.), junior Kaitlyn Curley (New York, N.Y.) and freshman Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) each had one goal. Senior Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.) had two assists and O'Leary added one.
Fairfield was led by Erin Rigby's six goals and two assists, while Kristen Coleman had five goals and one assist.
After the Stags took an early 1-0 lead, Corkum and O'Leary each scored goals to give Holy Cross a 2-1 advantage, but Fairfield then tied it at 2-2. After Winslow made it a 3-2 game, the Stags scored two straight. The two teams then traded goals three times with Winslow scoring one and Gardner scoring twice for Holy Cross. Fairfield then scored four more times and Winslow scored the last goal of the half as the Stags took an 11-7 lead into half time.
At the start of the second half, Fairfield increased its lead to 12-7, but Corkum then answered back with two goals to make it a 12-9 game. The teams then traded goals as Curley scored for the Crusaders. After the Stags made the score 14-10, Gardner and Corkum scored two get Holy Cross within two goals at 14-12. But Fairfield then scored seven out of the last nine goals of the game for the 21-14 final score. Bolduc scored with 16:10 left on the clock and Corkum scored her fifth goal of the game with 43 seconds remaining.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 11 saves, while Lauren Chatnik also made 11 saves. The Crusaders had 33 shots and 15 ground balls, while the Stags had 39 shots and 16 ground balls. Fairfield went 5-8 on free-position opportunities and had 20 draw controls, while Holy Cross went 3-9 and had 16 draw controls.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, April 13, when they meet Patriot League opponent American at the Hart Turf Field at noon.