April 15, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) scored four goals and has two assists for six points and the Crusaders came back from a five goal second half deficit to tie the game at 7-7, but the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to Connecticut, 10-9, on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-11 overall, while UConn improves to 3-12.
Gardner now has 21 assists on the year, which are tied for sixth on the all-time Holy Cross single-season assists list. Junior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) scored two goals and had one assist for three points, while freshman Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals and sophomore Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored one goal. Senior Calley Benoit (Concord, N.H.) and junior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) each had two assists.
UConn was led by Kiersten Tupper who scored two goals and had two assists for four points, while Whitney Michele had two goals and one assist for three points.
After UConn scored the first two goals of the contest, the Crusaders answered with two straight to tie the game at 2-2. Fenton scored off a pass by Gardner and Gardner scored off an assist by Benoit. UConn then closed out the first half with five goals to take a 7-2 lead.
Holy Cross then scored the first five goals of the second half to tie the game at 7-7. Rudden scored an unassisted goal, Sutton scored off a pass by Gardner, Gardner then found the back of the net twice with her second goal coming off a pass by Baird, and Fenton then tied the game with 9:39 left in the half off an assist by Baird. After UConn made it an 8-7 contest, Gardner tied the game at 8-8 with a goal off a pass by Fenton. UConn then scored two straight goals to move out to a 10-8 lead. With 1:03 left in the second half, Sutton scored off a pass by Benoit for the last goal of the contest and for the 10-9 final score.
Sophomore goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 11 saves, while Anna Wallingford stopped 12 shots to earn the victory. UConn outshot the Crusaders, 32-28, while Holy Cross picked up 22 ground balls and UConn had 18. UConn had 12 draw controls and went 1-4 on free-position shots, while the Crusaders had nine draw controls and went 0-4.
The Crusaders will return to action on April 18, when they travel to play American at 12:00 p.m. This game has Patriot League Tournament implications. The Crusaders have a 2-3 Patriot League record, while both Navy and Lehigh have a 3-2 record. Also on April 18, Navy plays second place Bucknell and Lehigh will play first place Colgate. If Holy Cross defeats American and Lehigh loses, the Crusaders will qualify for the tournament. If all three teams are 3-3, both Lehigh and Holy Cross will make the tournament based on goal differential between the three teams.