WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior attackman Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) totaled three goals and an assist, but the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team was defeated by Hartford 10-6 at Yousuf Al-Marzook Field. Freshman attackman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) added a goal and an assist for the Crusaders, while the Hawks were led by Aidan Genik with four goals. Holy Cross falls to 2-5 overall, while Hartford improves to 2-4 on the season.
"Tough game, they played with great poise," said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. "We did not play our best today, but it is over. We are back in league play and excited to go to Navy. Chris Smirti played very well in the loss, very good individual effort."
The Hawks played well from the opening faceoff, scoring the first two goals of the game and taking a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders were able to keep things close during the second quarter, but still trailed 6-3 at halftime.
Holy Cross then began to rally in the second half, trimming Hartford’s lead to just one goal (6-5) when Smirti scored off a feed from Kennedy with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as the Hawks scored the next four goals to pull away for a 10-6 victory.
Scott Bement earned the victory in goal for Hartford, allowing six goals while making seven saves. Senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) took the loss for Holy Cross, giving up 10 goals and making five saves.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, March 20, when it travels to Navy for a 12:00 p.m. game.