Lehigh Clinches Patriot Berth with Win at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. With the Mountain Hawks leading 6-3 at halftime they then outscored the Crusaders by a 9-1 margin in the second half as Holy Cross fell to Lehigh, 15-4, in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross Field.

With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-11 overall (2-3 Patriot League) and are eliminated from qualifying for the Patriot League Tournament, while the Mountain Hawks improve to 9-6 overall (4-1 Patriot League) and have qualified for the tournament.

Freshman Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) netted two goals. Sophomore Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) recorded two points with one goal and assist, while senior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) scored one goal.

Lehigh was led by Kelly Draper who tallied two goals and six assists for eight points. Lauren Dykstra also had a strong game with five goals and one assist for six points.

After Lehigh scored the first two goals of the game, the Crusaders responded with a goal by Boylan with 22:22 left in the first half. With Holy Cross now trailing 3-1, Zebrowski found the back of the net. Lehigh then answered with two straight goals to increase their lead to 5-2. With 8:33 to go, Hennessey scored off a pass by Zebrowski. Draper netted the last goal of the first half as Lehigh took a 6-3 lead to the half.

Lehigh controlled the second half as it netted the first seven goals to extend its lead to 13-3. Hennessey netted the last goal for the Crusaders with 5:44 left. Lehigh then scored the last two goals of the game for the 15-4 final.

Senior Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made eight saves, while Alex Fitzpatrick made nine saves to earn the victory. The Mountain Hawks outshot the Crusaders, 28-23, while Lehigh recorded 17 ground balls and Holy Cross secured eight. The Crusaders recorded 11 draw controls and Lehigh tallied nine.

The Crusaders return to action when they conclude the season when they travel to Easton, Pa., for a 1:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, April 23 versus Lafayette.

Before today's the game the team wore special t-shirts during warm-ups to honor Stephanie Crispinelli. Crispinelli, who was a sophomore at Lynn University, died in the earthquake in Haiti while on a humanitarian mission. 2007 Holy Cross graduate and former women's lacrosse player Jenna Constantino was one of Stephanie's best friends. To support Stephanie's Mission and to donate to the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund go to http://stephaniesmission.org/.

Today was also senior day as Boylan, Katelyn Gettens (Concord, N.H.), Maryalice Gill (Nashua, N.H.), Martin, Mary Milley (Fairfax, Va.), Julie Murphy (Bernardsville, N.J.), Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.), Cassie Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Meredith Stevens (Duxbury, Mass.) were honored before the game for their dedication to the program.

Boylan is a senior captain who has played in every game during her career. She is second all-time at Holy Cross in career draw controls, while her 43 draw controls as a freshman are second all-time in program history. She is a member of the Executive Board of SAAC and is pursuing a degree from the Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies (CISS).

Gettens is a two-year starter on defense. She earned 2010 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll accolades. She is also a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. She is a Psychology and Spanish major.

Gill is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and has recorded five ground balls and eight caused turnovers on defense. She is an English and Political Science major.

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