BOSTON – Junior Mike McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) netted the Crusaders' first goal of the season, but the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to No. 19 Boston University, 3-2, at the Agganis Arena on Saturday evening in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders open the season 0-1-0 overall, while the Terriers advance to 2-0-0 overall.
Boston University came out and scored first 10:43 into the first period. Garrett Noonan sent the puck to a waiting Danny O'Regan between the Holy Cross defense. O'Regan shot the puck to the top left corner of the net beating junior goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario).
On the power play, the Crusaders came back 0:56 into the second period. Freshman Cameron Lawson (Vancouver, British Columbia) sent the puck to junior Nilan Nagy (Canonsburg, Pa.) who rifled a shot from inside the blue line. Boston University goaltender Matt O'Connor made the save sending the rebound to the stick of McNamara. Who shot the puck from the outside of the crease and beat O'Connor glove side. The Terriers responded with a goal by Nick Roberto that beat Ginn on the right side of the net at 4:34. Less than a minute later on the power play, Cason Hohmann put the puck in from the left side of the crease to make the score 3-1.
The Crusaders came back fighting in the third when sophomore Ben Kaplan (Burlington, Vt.) sent the puck far up the ice to senior assistant captain Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.), who passed it to senior assistant captain Shayne Stockton (Rochester, N.Y.). Stockton sent the puck back to Schmidt who beat O'Connor glove side. While killing a power play, Stockton blocked a pass and had the opportunity for a short-handed goal, he passed the puck to Schmidt, but the attempt was unsuccessful. Despite pulling the goalie in favor of an extra attacker, the Crusaders could not net another goal to even the score.
The Terriers outshot the Crusaders 27-23 during the contest. Ginn made 24 saves during the game while O'Connor posted 21. The Crusader power play went 1-for-4, while the Terriers converted one of their six opportunities.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Oct. 18, when they host Hockey East opponent Northeastern at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m. for the first game of a home-and-home series.