Crusaders To Play At Hartford & At Navy

Colin Flood

Holy Cross Men's Lacrosse 
Overall Record: 2-4 (1-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 2-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 13, Dartmouth 8, Hanover, N.H., 3/9 
Holy Cross 9, Colgate 8, Worcester, Mass., 3/13 
Wednesday, March 17, at Hartford, West Hartford, Conn., 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, at Navy, Annapolis, Md., 12:00 p.m.

  • The Crusaders return to action when they travel to West Hartford, Conn., to play Hartford at Yousuf Al-Marzook Field on Wednesday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m., while they will then travel to Annapolis, Md., to play Navy on Saturday, March 20 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Crusaders, who are tied with No. 11 Lafayette for first place in the Patriot League with a 1-0 record, are coming off first ever wins over Dartmouth and Colgate as the Crusaders had lost 28 straight to the Big Green and 20 straight to the Raiders. The Crusaders outscored their opponents by a 22-16 margin on the week. Holy Cross is looking for its first three-game winning streak since the 2007 season when it defeated Lafayette, Vermont and Marist.
  • Hartford is 1-4 overall with losses versus UMass (20-10) and Delaware (11-9), a victory over Siena (13-11), and then losses against Brown (13-12 OT) and Bellarmine (8-7). Last season Holy Cross defeated the Hawks by a 7-3 score in Worcester on March 17. The Crusaders have won three straight over Hartford with the Hawks’ last win being an 11-3 victory on March 4, 2006.
  • The defending Patriot League Tournament champions Midshipmen are 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League. Navy defeated VMI (16-5), then lost to Loyola (Md.) (8-7 OT) and North Carolina (11-4), won Patriot League games versus Lehigh (8-3) and Bucknell (8-7 OT), and just recently fell to Lafayette (15-8). The Mids play at Towson on March 16. The Crusaders have never defeated the Midshipmen as Navy has won all six previous meetings, including a 10-5 win last season on March 14 at the Hart Turf Field.
  • In the 7-3 win over Hartford last season, sophomore Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) recorded two goals and one assist, while senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) scored two goals. In the 10-5 loss to Navy last season, Holy Cross was led by senior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) with one goal and one assist. The Crusaders had a 4-3 lead at the start of the fourth quarter but the Mids then scored seven straight goals to put the game out of reach.
  • The Crusaders are tied for the 10th best man-up offense (0.500 percent) in the nation.
  • The Crusaders are averaging 8.67 goals scored per game which are third in the Patriot League. Holy Cross is second in the Patriot League by scoring 1.67 man-up goals per game and it is fourth in the conference and 18th in the nation with 8.83 caused turnovers per game.
  • Senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) has now recorded at least one point in 19 straight games and has 46 goals and 64 assists for 110 career points. Parzanese leads the team this season with nine assists and 16 points. He led the team with six points in the win over the Big Green. In 37 career games played, Parzanese has only failed to record at least one point in two games. His streak is tied for the 13th longest in the nation as he has posted 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points during the streak which started on March 8, 2008. His 1.50 assists per game this season are sixth in the Patriot League and his 2.67 points per game are ninth.
  • Freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for recording five goals and one assist for six points in two games on the week. This is the first time he earned this honor. In the 13-8 win at Dartmouth, Kennedy posted one goal and one assist for two points. In the 9-8 victory over Colgate at the new Holy Cross Field, he scored a season-best four goals, including his first collegiate game-winner with just three seconds left in regulation. Kennedy has posted at least one point in five of the six games this season as he is second on the team with 14 points and is tied for second with 10 goals. His four assists are fourth. Kennedy’s 1.67 goals per game are tied for ninth in the Patriot League.
  • Senior Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week as he recorded his first two collegiate victories last week. During the 13-8 win over Dartmouth, Sweeney made 11 saves while allowing just eight goals. He then totaled seven saves while giving up eight goals in the 9-8 victory over Colgate. On the season, Sweeney now stands 2-4 with 56 saves and a 9.83 goals against average. For his career, he has now totaled 85 saves with an 11.67 goals against average.
  • Junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) and sophomore David Henry (Davidsonville, Md.) each picked up nine ground balls last week to lead the team. Broussard leads the team with 24 ground balls and seven caused turnovers this season as he has 88 ground balls for his career. His 4.00 ground balls per game are fifth in the Patriot League. Henry is second on the team with a career-best 18 ground balls as he has 31 for his career.
  • Senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) leads the team and is tied for second in the conference with three man-up goals. This season he is tied for second on the team with 10 goals and his 1.67 goals per game are tied for ninth in the Patriot League.
  • Smirti continued his great success against the Big Green with five goals. He now has posted 18 goals and two assists for 20 points in four career games versus Dartmouth, including recording eight goals and two assists at Dartmouth on March 25, 2008. His eight goals that afternoon tied the school record and his 10 points tied the second best performance at Holy Cross. Smirti leads the team this season with 11 goals and his 58 career goals are the most by any current Crusader. His 1.83 goals per game this season are fifth in the Patriot League.