WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Cassie Rudden
(Hopkinton, Mass.) had a career performance, posting a hat trick
along with two assists for five points as the Holy Cross women's
lacrosse team defeated Yale, 12-5, on Saturday at the Hart Turf
Field in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve
to 1-2 overall, while the Bulldogs start the season 0-1 overall.
The win is the first ever for the Crusaders over Yale, as the
Bulldogs had won the previous 14 games.
Sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona,
N.J.) also had a strong outing, scoring two goals and recording two
assists while freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored
three goals, as this is already her second career hat trick. Senior
Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) and junior Kat Sutton (Saratoga
Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece. With her strong performance
recording two goals, Sutton currently has the second-longest
goal-scoring streak in the country at 32 games. Boylan recorded an
outstanding eight ground balls. Senior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow,
Mass.) and sophomore Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) both
recorded an assist.
The Holy Cross win also featured
a strong performance from senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield,
Mich.) recording her 500th career save, becoming just the third
Crusader to ever accomplish the feat.
Yale was led by Caroline Crow who
scored two goals.
Holy Cross wasted no time,
getting off to a quick 5-0 lead in the first half. Hennessey scored
the first three goals of the game, followed by Rudden and Boylan.
Yale then retaliated with three goals of its own before Sutton
netted two goals late in the half for the Crusaders.
Yale came out firing in the
second half, scoring a quick goal at the 27:43 mark, but Holy Cross
was able to come back with goals by Boylan and Rudden at the 17:59
and 17:23 marks respectively. After a goal by Yale, the Crusaders
finished strong, netting three unanswered goals to finish the
contest. Zebrowski scored at 4:12, Rudden at 2:53 and Zebrowski
scored again at the :50 mark.
Martin recorded six saves to earn
the win while freshman Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made her
collegiate debut as she made two saves in the last 12:02. Yale
goalies Whitney Quackenbush and Erin McMullan combined for seven
saves in the loss, as Quackenbush made one and McMullan made six.
The Crusaders outshot the Bulldogs by a 25-21 margin, while picking
up 23 ground balls compared to 13 by the visitors. Yale held the
advantage in draw controls as they recorded 12 compared to Holy
Cross' seven. Yale went 2-6 on free-position shots as the Crusaders
The Crusaders return to action
when they play at Fairfield in Fairfield, Conn., on Tuesday, March
1 at 4:00 p.m.