WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) scored his fourth goal of the game with just three seconds left in regulation to break an 8-8 tie as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Colgate, 9-8, on Saturday at the new Holy Cross Field in the Patriot League opener for both teams. This is the first time that Holy Cross has defeated Colgate in men’s lacrosse in school history as the Raiders won the previous 20 meetings. Earlier this week the Crusaders defeated Dartmouth on March 9 for also the first time in school history as the Big Green had won the previous 28 meetings. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-4 overall (1-0 Patriot League), while the Raiders fall to 1-4 overall (0-1 Patriot League).
“Huge win today for the program,” said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. “It was a big league win for the seniors and the team. A really great team effort! It was a tied game with 30 seconds to go and James Kennedy stepped up and scored."
Along with Kennedy’s career-best four goals, senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) was a force on offense with three goals. Senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) posted one goal and one assist for two points, while freshman John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) recorded one goal. Junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) and sophomore David Henry (Davidsonville, Md.) each picked up four ground balls.
Colgate was led by Patrick Campbell who had three goals, Ben McCabe had two goals and one assist, and Chris Zielinski who had three assists.
After Colgate took an early 1-0 lead, Minor and Kennedy each scored to give Holy Cross a 2-1 advantage. With the score now tied at 2-2, the Crusaders netted the first four goals of the second quarter to move out to a 6-2 lead. Minor made the score 3-2 and then Kennedy found the back of the net. Minor then scored his third goal of the contest and then Parzanese netted a goal. Campbell scored the last goal of the first half as Holy Cross took a 6-3 lead to the half.
After the Raiders posted the first two goals of the third quarter to cut the Holy Cross lead to 6-5, Hannan scored to make it a 7-5 contest. But Colgate then recorded the next three goals of the game to take an 8-7 lead with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter. With 5:21 remaining, Kennedy scored a man-up goal off an assist by Parzanese to tie the game at 8-8. Kennedy’s first collegiate game-winner came with just three seconds left for the 9-8 victory.
Senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) made seven saves to earn his second win of the season, while Jared Madison also stopped seven shots for the Raiders. Holy Cross outshot Colgate, 26-22, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on man-up opportunities and the Raiders went 0-1. Colgate picked up 27 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 23.
The Crusaders return to action when they travel to West Hartford, Conn., to play Hartford on Wednesday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m., at Yousuf Al-Marzook Field.