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On Saturday April 21, Women’s Lacrosse earned a 12-10 victory over Patriot League opponent, American University. The Senior Day game marked the last home game of the regular season as Holy Cross celebrated its two seniors, Julia Maloney ’18 and Kerrianne Moran’ 18. Maloney recorded six saves on the day, while Moran netted a goal off a free position shot and earned four draw controls.
The Crusaders started strong against the Eagles, who were seeking their first league win of the season. Holy Cross got on the board early, scoring off their first possession of the game and led 4-1 midway through the half. American came back with three straight goals, but went into halftime trailing 6-4.
In the second half, the Crusaders were led by Crusader of the Week, Keely Connors ’19, who recorded a hat trick and record-high nine draw controls on the day. American started the half strong and after three unanswered goals the Eagles took the lead for the first time in the game. Connors ’19 responded with two quick goals, putting the Crusaders back on top 9-8. The Crusaders outscored the Eagles 5-2 in the remaining 22 minutes to earn the win. In an impressive show, Maloney possessed the ball outside of her crease, evading American’s attackers to eat up the final 30 seconds on the clock.
Fifty-fifty balls were the difference maker in the game as the Crusaders claimed 18 of the 24 draws and scooped up 31 ground balls to American’s 19. Holy Cross was also able to hold American to just 19 clears of their 28 attempts, while completing all of their own attempts but one. The Crusaders also managed to outshoot American by over 2:1, ripping 47 shots to their 21.
Currently, the Crusaders sit in a tie for fifth with a league record of 4-4. Holy Cross remains in playoff contention, but will not have the opportunity to clinch until their final game on Saturday at no. 8 Loyola.