April 11, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored four goals as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 9-7, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-10 overall (2-3 Patriot League), while Lafayette falls to 0-13 overall (0-6 Patriot League).
Senior Kelly Casey (Newtown, Pa.) had two goals and one assist for three points as she scored her second career game-winning goal. Senior Calley Benoit (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) each had one goal and one assist for two points, while freshman Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored one goal and junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had one assist.
Lafayette was led by Kristin Ruminski who had three goals.
The Crusaders moved out to a 4-0 lead with four straight goals to start the contest. Benoit and O'Leary scored off free-position shots, while O'Leary scored off an assist by Casey and Casey scored off a pass by Boylan. After Lafayette made it a 4-2 score, Holy Cross closed out the half with two straight goals for the 6-2 lead. Boylan scored an unassisted goal and Sutton scored off an assist by Benoit.
O'Leary increased the lead to 7-2 with her third goal. After Lafayette scored to make the contest 7-3, Casey scored off a pass by Gardner. After Lafayette made the score 8-4, O'Leary found the back of the net on a free-position shot for her fourth goal and Holy Cross' last goal of the contest for a 9-4 lead. Lafayette then scored three straight goals for the 9-7 final score.
Sophomore goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made nine saves, while Emily Bjork stopped 14 shots. The Crusaders outshot Lafayette, 34-25, while Holy Cross picked up 27 ground balls and Lafayette had 23. Lafayette had nine draw controls and went 5-14 on free-position shots, while the Crusaders earned 11 draw controls and went 3-17.
The Crusaders will return to action on Wednesday, April 15, when they will travel to play Connecticut at 6:00 p.m.