Holy Cross Wins Overtime Thriller Over Fairfield

The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team dropped a 14-12 overtime decision to host Holy Cross College on Tuesday afternoon. The defeat drops the Stags record to 6-4 overall, while the Crusaders improve to 4-8.

Caitlin Young, who led the Stags with four goals, put Fairfield ahead 10-9 with 16:35 to play in regulation. It would be the Stags last lead of the game. Holy Cross scored back to back goals, in less than a minute, to take an 11-10 advantage with 11:22 to play.

Katie MacKay tied the game 41 seconds later, but the Crusaders answered at the 9:27 mark for a 12-11 edge. Chloe Mangan tied the game with 8:21 to play, and neither team scored the remainder of the half to send the game to an extra period.

Meg O'Leary scored the game-winning tally for the Crusaders just under two minutes into the extra period. Taylor Zebrowski tallied an unassisted goal with 84 seconds to play for an insurance goal for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross struck first, scoring 2:58 into the game, but Fairfield responded quickly. Young tied the game at the 26:34 mark before Kristen Coleman struck for back-to-back tallies (22:12 & 20:32) to give Fairfield a 3-1 lead. Holy Cross scored the next three goals, taking a 4-3 edge at the 9:12 mark, before Amy Kelleher stopped the run with a goal at the 8:48 mark, making the score 4-4.

The Crusaders again scored three straight goals, the last coming with 3:57 to play in the first half. MacKay touched net with 2:04 to play in the half, sending the game to intermission with Holy Cross holding a 7-5 edge.

Megan Fenton pushed the Crusaders lead back to three goals, 8-5, 48 seconds into the second half, but again Fairfield responded. Kate Reardon began the Stags come back at the 27:34 mark and then Young scored 35 seconds apart (25:51 & 25:26) to tie the score 8-8. Katie Gardner gave Holy Cross a 9-8 lead with 19:44 to play regulation. Coleman scored her final goal of the game with 17:09 to play, setting up the go-ahead goal from Young.

Coleman finished with a game-high five points, touching net three times and handing out both of the Stags assists. Along with her four goals, Young had three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Katie Keenan minded the net for the entire 66 minutes of action, making nine saves in the game.

Amy Martin earned the win in net for Holy Cross, making 16 saves, including two in the extra period. Fenton and Gardner both had five points, with Gardner scoring four goals.

The Stags will be back in action on Friday, as they travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Canisius College. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League opener for both teams is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

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