ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Midshipmen scored the first seven goals of the game as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to Navy, 12-3, on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-6 overall (1-1 Patriot League), while the Midshipmen improve to 4-4 overall (3-1 Patriot League).
"It was a beautiful day at Navy, but we simply dug a hole early,” said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. “Penalties and a hot goalie made things difficult. We will move on and have a long week to get ready for Lehigh."
Freshman John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored a career-best two goals, while senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) had one goal and senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) posted one assist. Juniors Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) each picked up seven ground balls for the Crusaders, while sophomore A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) took all 19 face-offs and won 12 of them.
Navy was led by Patrick Moran’s three goals and Brendan Connors’ one goal and two assists for three points. Andy Warner also netted two goals for the Midshipmen.
The Midshipmen outscored the Crusaders, 4-0, in the first half. Navy took 14 shots on goal and Holy Cross had five. Holy Cross senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) kept the Crusaders in the game as he was outstanding in net as he made 10 saves for a .714 save percentage, while R.J. Wickham kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard as he stopped five shots.
After Navy scored three more goals to increase its lead to 7-0, Hannan scored a man-up goal off an assist by Minor with 5:32 to go in the third quarter to make it a 7-1 game. With the score now 8-1, Parzanese found the back of the net to make it an 8-2 contest. The Mids then posted four straight goals to extend their lead to 12-2. With 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter Hannan scored the last goal of the game for the 12-3 final score.
Sweeney stopped a career-best 15 shots and Wickham made 16 saves for Navy for a .842 save percentage. The Midshipmen outshot the Crusaders, 43-32, while Holy Cross picked up 34 ground balls and Navy posted 29.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, March 27, when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa., to take on Patriot League opponent Lehigh at 2:00 p.m.