April 30, 2005
Hamilton, N.Y. - Junior Carolyn Smirti and sophomore Patricia Sutton combined for eight goals to lead the second-seeded Holy Cross women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win over third-seeded American on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Colgate University. With the win, the Crusaders (10-8, 4-2 Patriot League) advance to play defending tournament champion, Colgate tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. This will be just the second appearance in the championship game in school history for Holy Cross (2001), which has never won a league title.
The Crusaders started the game with an early 1-0 lead after Sutton blasted a shot past AU goalie Kathleen Finnegan just 26 seconds into the contest. Holy Cross continued to roll, taking a 6-3 lead into the break, thanks to two more solo efforts by Sutton, and two goals from Smirti.
Holy Cross was in control for most of the game, taking a 9-4 lead after Smirti's fourth goal of the day with 22 minutes left. The Crusaders then took a six goal lead (10-4) with 16:50 to go on a free postion shot by Sutton.
American stopped the bleeding with a Lauren Aksionoff goal at the 14:20 mark, cutting the Crusader lead to five (10-5), but HC did not waste much time getting back on the board when Corkum made good on an unassisted effort with 11:15 to go.
The Crusaders were able to hang on for the win, but the Eagles made a game again when they scored five straight unanswered goals to cut the HC lead to just one (11-10) with 2:28 remaining.
Sophomore goalie Megan Orr made six saves on the day. Finnegan also stopped six shots, while sharing time with Kristine Vida, who had three saves.
Holy Cross and Colgate square up tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The Raiders defeated fourth-seeded Lehigh, 12-9 earlier in the day.