Holy Cross Upends Harvard for Sixth Victory

WORCESTER, Mass. Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) tallied four goals and three assists for seven points, while Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) posted five goals and one assist for six points as Holy Cross defeated Harvard, 17-12, on Wednesday night in non-conference action at Holy Cross Field.

With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-8 overall, while the Crimson fall to 2-8 overall. This is the Crusaders' first win over Harvard as the Crimson had won the previous seven varsity match-ups.

The Crusaders scored the first eight goals of the game as freshman Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.), Ryan and Zebrowski each netted two during that stretch, while junior Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) and freshman MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) each scored once. The Crimson then closed out the half by netting five straight goals as the Crusaders led by an 8-5 score.

After Nina Kucharczyk made it an 8-6 contest with the first goal of the second half, the Crusaders scored four consecutive goals to move out to a 12-6 advantage. Zebrowski scored her third goal of the game for her fourth hat-trick of the season and the 17th of her career, while senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) found the back of the net and then Ryan scored two goals.

Ryan now has five hat-tricks this season and 11 for her career. After a goal by Kucharczyk, Ryan netted her fifth goal of the contest and sophomore Kim Corkum (Ipswitch, Mass.) found the back of the net.

Each team then netted a goal as Kyleigh Keating scored for Harvard and senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored for the Crusaders. The Crimson made it a 15-10 contest with two straight goals, but Zebrowski and Carrellas each scored a goal to increase the lead to 17-10. The Crimson netted two late goals for the 17-12 final score.

Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made seven saves to earn the win, while Melanie Cook made one save for the Crimson and Jenn Hatfield tallied three. Harvard outshot Holy Cross, 32-27, while the Crusaders secured nine ground balls and the Crimson posted eight. Harvard tallied 18 draw controls and Holy Cross posted 13, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on free-position shots and the Crimson went 4-5.

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Patriot League opponent Bucknell on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Senior Nina Kucharczyk scored a career-high four goals, earning her first-career hat trick, but Harvard trailed Holy Cross early and could not comeback, falling 17-12 Wednesday evening.

Audrey Todd added a goal and two assists, while Alexis Nicolia netted two goals for Harvard (2-8). Laura Ryan tallied five goals, and Taylor Zebrowski had four goals and three assists for Holy Cross (6-8).

Micaela Cyr led the Crimson with five draw controls, while also grabbing a team-high ground balls.

Holy Cross jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Cyr got the Crimson on the scoreboard off a free-position shot at 12:51. Harvard added another goal off a free-position attempt, this time off the stick of Catherine Brown at the 8:19 mark. With just over three minutes left in the first, Kucharczyk made it a five-goal game with a tally, and then Todd sent a pass to classmate Nicolia for the Crimson's fourth straight goal with 2:02 to play.

With 18 ticks left on the clock in the opening stanza, Chelsey Newman cut the deficit to just three goals, 8-5, as the Crimson closed the half with a 5-0 run.

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