Giorgio Propels Holy Cross Past American

WORCESTER, Mass. Freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.) scored three goals to lead Holy Cross to a 9-7 victory over American at Holy Cross Field. The Crusaders improve to 4-5 on the season and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Eagles fall to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

The score was later tied 5-5 at halftime, before sophomore Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored off a pass from sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) to give Holy Cross the lead for good. Giorgio then netted the next two goals to put the Crusaders up by three.

American's Emily Maher scored to cut the margin to 8-6. Senior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) would give Holy Cross a 9-6 advantage with just over five minutes remaining, and a goal by Maher with 2:23 on the clock would be all the Eagles could muster the rest of the way as the Crusaders pulled out the victory.

Junior Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) finished the afternoon with two goals and two assists for Holy Cross. Hennessey added two goals and one assist, and has now scored in 41 consecutive games. American was led by Maher with three goals.

Senior Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) earned the victory for the Crusaders, making eight saves while allowing seven goals in 60 minutes of action. Jackie Ferri took the loss for the Eagles, surrendering nine goals and making eight saves.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, March 19, when it travels to Boston University for a 6:00 p.m. game.

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The American University lacrosse team dropped its second straight Patriot League game, being edged 9-7 at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.

"This was a close game that we couldn't finish," said Head Coach Emma Wallace. "We had a strong settled defensive effort but unfortunately we had too many turnovers that Holy Cross was able to capitalize on, especially in the clear. We look forward to getting back on track Wednesday against Navy."

Holy Cross (4-5, 2-0) struck first on a tally by Laura Ryan but Jessica Wojciechowski scored back-to-back goals two and a half minutes apart to give the Eagles the 2-1 edge. The Crusaders answered with a 3-0 run as Ryan notched her second of the day for the 4-2 lead with under 13 minutes to go.

Emily Maher added her first of the day for American (2-6, 0-2) and Olivia Mangan scored consecutive unassisted tallies to put the Eagles back on top, 5-4. Kate Martino found the back of the net with 3:18 to play to knot it up heading into the intermission.

Holy Cross came out of the break with three answered goals for an 8-5 advantage before Maher notched an unassisted score to put the lead back at two. Sara Hennessey gave the Crusaders back a 9-6 lead with five minutes to play. Maher completed a hat trick for American with 2:23 to play but the Eagles were unable to find the back of the net once again for the 9-7 final score.

Maher finished with three goals, two draw controls and two ground balls collected to lead American. Lauren Binstein, Jordan Harrington and Madison Hoon also registered two ground balls collected apiece. Terese Buechli and Alex Lugovina added two draw controls each. Jackie Ferri had eight saves between the pipes for the Eagles.

Ryan led Holy Cross with four points on two goals and two assists, also collected a team-high three ground balls. Martino had a team-best four draw controls for the Crusaders. Sarah Weber made eight saves as the starting goalkeeper.

Holy Cross held a 10-8 edge in draw controls and 16-12 advantage in ground balls collected for the game.

American opens a three-game homestand when it hosts Navy on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 3:00 p.m.


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