Carrellas, Zebrowski Net Four Each as Holy Cross Downs Lehigh

WORCESTER, Mass. Senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) each netted four goals as Holy Cross defeated Lehigh, 14-6, at Holy Cross Field on Friday afternoon in Patriot League action.

With the win, the Crusaders improve to 8-9 overall (3-3 PL) and will be No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, while the Mountain Hawks conclude the season 4-12 overall (1-5 PL). The Crusaders will play either Navy or American in the Patriot League semifinals on Friday, April 26.

The winner of the Navy versus American game on April 21 will earn the No. 1 seed and host the tournament. Today's contest was also the team's fourth annual Stephanie's Mission game. To support Stephanie's Mission and to donate to the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund go to

After Kendall Garden gave the Mountain Hawks an early 1-0 lead, Carrellas tied the contest at 1-1 with a free-position goal. Lehigh then netted four straight goals to move out to a 5-1 advantage. But the Crusaders answered with five consecutive goals to close out the first half with a 6-5 lead. Senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals during this stretch, while Carrellas, Zebrowski and junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each found the back of the net. Hennessey extended her goal scoring streak to 30 straight games.

Sutton netted the first goal of the second half to increase the lead to 7-5 on a free-position shot. Sutton now has four hat-tricks this season and 14 for her career. Carrellas then posted her third goal of the contest giving her four hat-tricks this season and 12 for her.

After Zebrowski netted the Crusaders' eighth consecutive goal, Carli Sukonik ended the Crusaders' scoring streak to make it a 9-6 game. Holy Cross then tallied five straight goals for the 14-6 final score. Zebrowski scored twice during this stretch, while Hennessey, Carrellas and sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) each scored once. Zebrowski has six hat-tricks this season and 19 for her career. The Crusaders have now won three of their last four games to conclude the regular season.

Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made five saves to earn the win, while Alex Fitzpatrick posted four saves. Holy Cross outshot Lehigh, 23-14, while the Crusaders secured 20 ground balls and Leigh tallied 13. Holy Cross totaled 12 draw controls and Lehigh posted 10, while the Crusaders went 5-7 on free-position shots and the Mountain Hawks went 2-3.

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Lehigh scored five of the first six goals, but Holy Cross responded with a vengeance as the Crusaders came back to down the Mountain Hawks, 14-6 on Friday. Lehigh's five goals came in the game's first 8:42, but it wasn't enough. Senior Julie McBrien and sophomore Carli Sukonik scored two goals apiece to lead the way.

"We had a very strong start tonight, but did not maintain our aggression for 60 minutes," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "That, coupled with unforced turnovers, was the difference."

Freshman Kendall Garden gave Lehigh a 1-0 advantage less than two minutes into the game. Holy Cross answered just 1:20 later, but the Mountain Hawks came back with four straight tallies. All four came in the span of 4:17, beginning with a McBrien goal at 25:23 and ending with another McBrien score at 21:16. Junior Chelsea Retaleato and Sukonik scored in between.

With Lehigh up 5-1, Holy Cross scored five straight to end the half for a 6-5 advantage after 30 minutes of play. The Crusaders extended their run to 8-0 before Sukonik pulled Lehigh right back within three (9-6) at 14:14, but Holy Cross scored the final five goals for the 14-6 final.

The Crusaders held the edge in shots (23-14), groundballs (20-13) and draw controls (12-10). Junior Alexandra Fitzpatrick made four saves before being relieved late by senior MaryLeah DiNisco who made one. Holy Cross' Sarah Weber made five stops for Holy Cross.

Lehigh wraps up its season at 4-12 and 1-5 in Patriot League play, but a young team showed strong flashes. The Mountain Hawks dropped two one-goal finals in league play while enjoying impressive stretches against some of the nation's best.


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