Holy Cross Wins Shootout with Yale

WORCESTER, Mass. Senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) recorded four goals and two assists to lead Holy Cross to a 16-13 victory over Yale at the Hart Turf Field. The Crusaders improve to 2-1 on the season with the victory, while the Bulldogs begin the year at 0-1.

Holy Cross opened the game by jumping out to an early 4-1 lead, and increased the margin to 8-4 with 6:57 left in the first half following Zebrowski's second goal of the day. Yale closed out the half with three unanswered goal to make the score 8-7 at the break, then tied up the game at 8-8 early in the second half on a free position goal by Erin Magnuson.

The score was later tied at 9-9 before senior Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Zebrowski netted back-to-back goals to give the Crusaders the lead for good, 11-9. Holy Cross was still clinging to a two-goal lead (14-12) with less than two minutes to play, when sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) and junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) both scored to give Holy Cross an insurmountable 16-12 advantage.

Ryan finished the afternoon with four goals and one assist, while both Hennessey and Sutton scored four goals. Yale was led by Jen DeVito with four goals and one assist.

Junior Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) earned the victory for the Crusaders, making six saves while allowing 13 goals in 60 minutes of action. Erin McMullan took the loss for the Bulldogs, surrendering 16 goals and making six saves.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when it travels to Fairfield for a 3:30 p.m. game.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Junior attacker Jen DeVito scored four goals, but Holy Cross held off a Yale rally in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 16-13 in the season opener Saturday afternoon. Senior attacker Devon Rhodes added three goals.

Yale (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) fell behind 8-4 before starting to rally late in the first half. Goals by Rhodes, DeVito and sophomore midfielder Erin Magnuson closed the deficit to 8-7 entering halftime, and Magnuson tied the game 50 seconds into the second half.

The game was tied 9-9 after Rhodes scored with 25:53 to play, her second goal of the game. But Holy Cross scored the next two goals, and four of the next five, to start pulling away. After Yale closed within 14-12 on a goal by sophomore midfielder Christina Doherty with 2:57 left, Holy Cross scored a pair of goals to put the game out of reach. Junior midfielder Courteney Rutter, playing against her sister Catherine, scored with 22 seconds left to make the final 16-13.

Holy Cross (2-1, 0-0 Patriot League) had four different players score four goals each: attacker Sara Hennessey, midfielder Laura Ryan, midfielder Kat Sutton and attacker Taylor Zebrowski.

Junior goalkeeper Erin Magnuson made six saves for Yale, while Sarah Weber made the same amount for the Crusaders.

DeVito finished with five points (4-1-5). Rhodes (three) and Magnuson (two) scored multiple goals, while four players had one each: Doherty, Rutter, sophomore attacker Kerri Fleishhacker and freshman midfielder Kelly Anne Sherlock. Doherty had a team-high four draw controls, adding three ground balls.

Yale travels to Quinnipiac Wednesday afternoon.


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