NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Matt Gibson recorded four goals and two assists for six points for the Bulldogs as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 14-7, on Saturday at Reese Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2 overall, while the Bulldogs kick off the season 1-0 overall. Freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) posted two goals and one assist for three points. In his first two collegiate games he has five goals and two assists for seven points.
"Tough day clearing and too many penalties made this an uphill climb," said head coach Adam Pascal. "We need to start dictating with emotion and continue working hard. We knew this was going to be tough, the Ivy League is very good and Yale will be competitive this year. Right now we are focused on Marist."
Sophomore Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored two goals, while senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) had one goal and one assist as he now has 41 goals and 58 assists for 99 career points. He has recorded at least one point in 15 straight games. Seniors Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) and Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) each scored a goal. Smirti now has 50 career goals which are the most by any current Crusader.
Brian Douglass also had a strong game for Yale with three goals and one assist for four points, while Brendan Gibson tallied three goals.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead with a man-up goal by Minor. Douglass then scored two straight goals as the Bulldogs moved out to a 2-1 advantage. Holy Cross closed the first period with goals by McGeehin and Parzanese for a 3-2 lead. Yale controlled the second period as it netted the first five goals to make the score 7-3. Kennedy scored with 44 seconds left in the half to make it a 7-4 contest.
After the Bulldogs increased their lead to 8-4, Kennedy found the back of the net for the second time, but Yale then scored the last three goals of the third period for an 11-5 lead. Holy Cross started the fourth period with two straight goals to cut the Yale lead to 11-7. McGeehin scored his second goal of the game as Parzanese assisted, while Smirti netted his 50th career goal as Kennedy had an assist. Both were man-up goals. The Bulldogs ended the game with three straight goals for the 14-7 final score.
Senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) made nine saves, while Johnathan Falcone stopped 10 shots for Yale. The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders, 40-32, while Yale won 16 of 24 faceoffs. Both teams struggled on clearing attempts as Holy Cross went 11-18 and Yale went 12-18, while the Crusaders went 3-7 on man-up opportunities and the Bulldogs went 1-7. Yale picked up 35 ground balls and Holy Cross had 25.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 2, when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to play Marist at 3:00 p.m.