Maggie Flaherty ‘20
Holy Cross women’s lacrosse (3-8 overall, 1-3 Patriot League) battled Army West Point and Navy last week and fell to both teams.
ARMY WEST POINT – Wed. March 27
The Crusaders faced Army (8-3 overall, 1-2 PL) at West Point, New York, last Wednesday March 27. Holy Cross fell 19-13. HC put up big numbers and ultimately outshot their opponent 41-38, but it was not enough to hold off the Black Knights from capitalizing on their opportunities. Army dominated the draw control, winning 21 draws out of 33, and went on a four-unanswered goal run to stretch their lead to 8-4 in the first half.
First-year Jolie Creo, junior Bryn Carroll, and sophomore Catherine Guancini each earned hat tricks, and senior Keely Connors and sophomore Izzy Grant scored two apiece.
The Crusaders have been splitting time between their two netminders, juniors Sophie Ochs and Juliana Kubler. Ochs has played 308 minutes this season, and maintains a .414 save percentage. Kubler has played 291 minutes and has a .456 save percentage. Kubler saved 5 shots and ten were scored on her in the first half, and Ochs saved 4 and let in 9 in the second.
NAVY – MARCH 30
Holy Cross faced Navy (9-2 overall, 4-0 PL) last Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps national stadium in Annapolis, MD. Navy defeated Holy Cross 22-6. Navy is ranked 12th in the nation.
Navy went on long stretches of possession during both halves. At the end of the first half Navy led 15-3. The Midshipwomen went on to score six unanswered goals in the opening minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 21-3. Holy Cross trimmed the margin with 3 consecutive goals, but Navy clinched the win with its 22nd goal with a minute left in play.
Kubler and Ochs split time during both halves. Kubler made 7 saves and Ochs made 5.
CONNORS ON PAR FOR CAREER MILESTONE
Keely Connors continues her path to 100 career points by notching her 20th and 21st goal of the season against Navy for 80 career goals. Connors has 1 assist this season, which adds to her career total of 11 assists, for 91 total career points. Her 100th career point as a Crusader is impending and should occur soon, providing Connors maintains her scoring pace.
Holy Cross looks forward to more Patriot League play with Saturday’s home game against Bucknell (4-8, 2-2 PL). Holy Cross narrowly defeated the Bisons 12-11 last year. The following week, the Crusaders are set for an away game against Lehigh, a rematch of their first round loss in the 2018 Patriot League Tournament.