EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-2 edge into the halftime break and worked its cushion to the final buzzer for its first Patriot League win of the year over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon at Fisher Stadium.
The Leopards came out of the gates on fire, scoring seven of the game’s first eight goals with two each coming off the sticks of sophomores Amanda Case and Maggie Carver. The Crusaders’ Laura Ryan stopped a five-goal Lafayette run at the 4:49 mark of the first half, but Case added her third of the opening 30 minutes to push the edge to 8-2 at the intermission.
Holy Cross came out in the second half with renewed energy, scoring two quick goals to pull within four with 21:16 to play. The teams traded goals over the next six minutes before two tallies from Tess MacKay and Lissie Russert made it a three-goal game with 10:39 remaining.
A big save from freshman Anna Raymond with nine minutes left led to a Case tally, her fifth of the afternoon at the 7:28 mark, a sequence that sufficiently shifted momentum in the Leopards’ favor. Rath added an insurance tally at 3:20 and Holy Cross put the final score in with 2:29 to play, making the end result a 13-9 Leopard victory.
With the victory, Lafayette moves to 2-8 overall on the season and 1-3 in Patriot League play, while Holy Cross falls to 2-2 in conference action and 2-8 overall. The Maroon and White led the way in shots (22-16) and ground balls (19-12), and forced the Crusaders into 20 turnovers on the afternoon. Holy Cross held a 13-11 edge in draw controls, but were 0-for-3 on free-position attempts.
Case led the way for the Lafayette attack with five goals and an assist for six points on the day, while Carver and fellow sophomores Charlotte Rath and Kirsten Wilhelmsen all recorded a pair of markers for the Maroon and White. Another of the stellar sophomore class, Ashley Tedesco chipped in with two assists on the day.
Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Raymond made three saves and picked up six ground balls on the afternoon for her second win of the season. Wilhelmsen led the side with four draw controls and five different Leopards caused a pair of turnovers in the victory.
Next up for Lafayette is a non-conference trip to Villanova on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Leopards return to conference action on Saturday when they travel to Boston, Mass. to take on Boston U. at 1 p.m.