Izzy Grant
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Izzy Grant

Grant picks up hat trick, Crusaders fall to Siena, 11-7, at home

Holy Cross Athletics   03-03-2019

 

 

1st

2nd

Final

Holy Cross

3

4

7

Siena

7

4

11

 

Box Score

 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Izzy Grant picked up her second hat trick of the season to lead the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team Sunday afternoon, but the Crusaders couldn’t make up an early deficit, falling to Siena, 11-7, at Kuzniewski Field.

 

Four different Crusaders (1-4) found the back of the net while six registered at least one point in a game that saw the Saints (2-3) lead from start to finish thanks to an early four-goal spurt. Holy Cross would close the gap to three goals five times during the span of the contest but could never pull back to even, despite outshooting the visitors, 28-24.

 

Siena opening the game with four quick goals for a 4-0 advantage in the first six minutes before Catherine Guanci put the home team on the board with an unassisted tally, cutting through the defense to fire a shot into the back of the net as she was fouled. The teams would trade scores for the remainder of the frame en route to a 7-3 halftime deficit for the Crusaders, who saw the other two scores in the stanza come off free position goals from Grant.

 

Out of the break, the teams were deadlocked for more than 13 minutes of scoreless play before senior attack Baker Earl broke through with 16:40 left in regulation, taking a feed from Molly Pfaff from behind the goal and placing a one-timer past Siena netminder Sammy Horton from the top of the crease for a 7-4 margin.

 

Siena would answer with two more tallies to bring the clock into the final 10 minutes of play, but Grant and senior Keely Connors would score goals just 18 seconds apart to cut the visitors’ lead to 9-6 with 6:37 left in the contest.

 

Connors would tack on one more goal with 4:25 remaining, but Siena would bookend that tally to round out the scoring in the 11-7 final.

 

Nicole McNeely led all scorers, recording five points off four goals and an assist for the Saints. Annie Brennan registered a hat trick of her own for the visitors, going 2-for-3 in free position attempts.

 

Between the pipes, junior starter Juliana Kubler got the decision and made four stops, while classmate Sophie Ochs turned away six in just over 24 minutes of action. Horton made seven saves for the Saints.

 

NOTES & NUMBERS:

  • The Crusaders dominated off the draw, winning 14 draw controls to Siena’s 6. Margaret Mitchell and Connors led the way with four apiece, marking a game best for both sides.
  • Holy Cross went just 3-for-9 on free position opportunities.
  • Siena edged the home side in ground balls, 23-22, with each starting goalie picking up a game-best four.
  • Holy Cross registered nine caused turnovers, led by two from Emily DeMaso.

 

UP NEXT:

Holy Cross will travel to Philadelphia to take on Villanova on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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