Holy Cross Bolts to 11-0 Lead in Win over Stetson

DELAND, Fla. Visiting Holy Cross outscored the Stetson lacrosse team 11-0 in the first half en route to a 19-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Athletic Training Center.

The Crusaders (1-4) earned their first victory of the season after outshooting the Hatters 34-15 and picking up 26 ground balls to Stetson's 16. Holy Cross was a perfect 14 for 14 on clear attempts and turned the ball over just 11 times, while the Hatters gave it up 22 times.

Sara Hennessey led all players with five goals, while Tess MacKay added four scores. Maddie Ward chipped in with three goals and Kaitlin Concilio led the Crusaders with four assists in the win.

Stetson (0-6) scored all three of its goals in the second half, beginning when sophomore Danielle Horgan scored unassisted with 21:35 to play in the game. Freshman Ana Baranowski and sophomore Mallory Tluchowski scored on a pair of free positions to make the final score 19-3.

Laura Ryan totaled a game high five draw controls and tied Hennessey for the team lead with three caused turnovers in the win.

Hatter sophomore Mary Kate O'Sullivan led all Stetson players with four draw controls won, while freshman Christina Wittmeier led the way with three ground balls and tied for the team lead with two caused turnovers.

Sophomores Caili Guilday and Whitney Meyers split time between the pipes on Sunday. The former made seven saves while allowing 11 goals in the first half. The latter allowed eight goals and made three saves in the second.

Stetson will continue non-conference action with its first true road game of the season on Wednesday. The Hatters play at Coastal Carolina at 6:00 p.m.

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DELAND, Fla. Senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored five goals and freshman Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) netted four as Holy Cross defeated Stetson, 19-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Stetson Athletic Training Center.

With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-4 overall, while the Hatters fall to 0-6 overall. The 16-goal margin of victory is the Crusaders largest since a 17-1 win versus Siena on March 5, 2001. The three goals the Crusaders allowed were the least since a 16-3 win over Robert Morris on March 6, 2007.

Sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) tallied a career-best four assists, while junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) posted two goals and two assists for four points. Freshman Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) scored three goals.

The Crusaders scored the first 15 goals of the game with 11 in the first half and the first four of the second half. Hennessey netted the first two goals of the contest as her second goal was assisted by Concilio. Hennessey extended her goal scoring streak to 37 straight games. MacKay then posted her first two collegiate goals. Ryan tallied an assist on the second goal.

After Hennessey scored on a free-position shot to record her second hat trick of the season and the 16th of her career, Ryan found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) to make it a 6-0 contest with 16:31 left in the first half. Ward then scored on a free-position shot followed with a goal by Martino from Concilio and a goal by Ward from freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.). The Crusaders then closed out the half with a goal by sophomore Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and a goal by Hennessey.

MacKay tallied her first collegiate hat trick with the first goal of the second half and then added another goal to increase the lead to 13-0. Concilio posted an assist on each goal. After a goal by junior Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) off a pass from Martino, Giorgio scored off of an assist by Ryan to make the score 15-0. Danielle Horgan then ended the Crusaders' scoring streak with the Hatters' first goal of the game with 21:35 remaining in the second half.

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