Holy Cross Prevails in Double-OT Thriller
from press release
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Kelly Casey (Newtown, Pa.) scored a career-best four goals including the game-winner in sudden-death overtime and sophomore Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) tied the school single-game record for assists with six, as the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated Lehigh, 11-10, in double overtime, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action on Senior Day. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-9 overall (1-3 Patriot League), while the Mountain Hawks fall to 8-4 overall (2-2 Patriot League) and end their six-game winning streak.
Casey also scored the goal that tied the game at 9-9 with only 28 seconds left in the second half to the move the game to overtime, while O'Leary assisted on the game-winner. Along with her six assists, O'Leary scored two goals for a career-best eight points. Her six assists ties the record set by Erin Rowse versus Albany on March 21, 2000. Junior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) and freshman Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each had two goals and one assist for three points, while junior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored one goal and had one assist for two points, and senior Calley Benoit (Concord, N.H.) had one assist.
Lehigh was led by Lauren Dykstra who scored four goals and Inneke Carmola who had two goals and two assists for four points.
After the Mountain Hawks took a 1-0 lead, O'Leary tied the game at 1-1 with a goal on a free-position shot. With Lehigh now up 2-1, Casey scored off an assist by O'Leary to tie the game at 2-2. The Mountain Hawks then scored three straight goals to move out to a 5-2 advantage, but the Crusaders responded with two goals to close out the half with Lehigh leading 5-4. Casey found the back of the net off a pass by Sutton and Sutton scored off an assist by O'Leary with 53 seconds left in the half.
Holy Cross scored the first two goals of the second half to take a 6-5 lead. Baird scored on an assist from O'Leary and Sutton also scored off a pass by O'Leary. The Mountain Hawks answered with three straight goals to take an 8-6 lead, but Gardner made it an 8-7 contest when scored off an assist by Baird. With Lehigh up by a score of 9-7, O'Leary scored off a pass by Benoit to make it a one-goal game with 1:38 remaining in the second half. With just 28 seconds on the clock, Casey tied the game off an assist by Gardner, as the contest then went to overtime.
In the first overtime period, the Crusaders took a 10-9 lead with a goal by Gardner off a pass by O'Leary, but the Mountain Hawks then tied the game with a goal by Sara MacIntyre.
The game then moved to a sudden-death double overtime and Casey came up big again with the game-winner as O'Leary assisted on the goal giving her six assists and tying the school record.
Sophomore goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made nine saves to earn the win, while Kelsy Ferris stopped 11 shots. Holy Cross outshot Lehigh, 30-25, while the Mountain Hawks picked up 16 ground balls and went 4-11 on free-position shots, and the Crusaders had 11 ground balls and went 1-7. Holy Cross was strong on draw controls as they earned 18 and Lehigh had seven.
The Crusaders will play the last four regular season games on the road and will return to action on Tuesday, April 7, when they play Fairfield at 4:00 p.m. Before the game, the senior class of Benoit, Casey, Kaitlyn Curley (New York, N.Y.), Lisa Gagne (Groton, Mass.) and Samantha Hallowell (Duxbury, Mass.) were honored for their hard work and dedication on and off the field. This year's senior class has been one of the most successful classes in the history of Holy Cross lacrosse. During their time here the Crusaders won the first two Patriot League Championships and earned the first two NCAA postseason appearances in the history of the program. These seniors have been a part of 35 wins in their four years.
A midfielder, Benoit has played in 33 career games with eight goals and five assists for 13 points. This season she has already recorded a career-best six points with three goals and three assists. As a freshman she picked up a career-best 21 ground balls.
At attack, Casey has seven goals and two assists for nine points in 22 career games. Her four goals today were her first four of the season and gives her a career-best for a single-season.
A defender, Gagne has started in 47 straight games and has played in 53 total games. She was a major contributor in Holy Cross' 2007 Patriot League championship as she started in all 19 contests. For her career she has one goal, 68 ground balls, 35 draw controls and 33 caused turnovers. This season she leads the team with 28 ground balls and is second with 12 caused turnovers. She has also had success in the class room as she is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
A midfielder, Curley has played in 47 career games with 28 starts and has six goals and two assists for eight points. She also has 27 ground balls and 21 draw controls. She has demonstrated that she is an outstanding leader as she was named a captain as a senior. She has also been very strong in the class room as she is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
A midfielder, Hallowell has played in 42 career games with 31 starts. She was also a major contributor in Holy Cross winning the 2007 Patriot League championship as she started in all 19 games. That season she tied for second on the team in ground balls with a career-best 33. After studying abroad in Spain as a junior, she was selected as a captain for her senior year. This season she scored her first collegiate goal when she scored the game-winner in the win over UMass. This year she is third on the team with nine caused turnovers, while she is tied for third in ground balls with 16 and is fourth with 16 draw controls.
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