BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Three goals in the fourth period led the Lehigh Mountain Hawks to an 11-5 victory over the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-7 overall (1-2 Patriot League), while the Mountain Hawks improve to 4-5 overall (1-2 Patriot League).
Senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.), senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.), junior Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.), freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) and freshman John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) each scored a goal for the Crusaders, while junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) and freshman Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) picked up assists. Gillespie's assist was his first collegiate point.
Lehigh was led by Brian Bienemann with four goals, Cameron Lao-Gosney and David DiMaria with two and Dante Fantoni, Adam Johnston and Evan Guerrero with one goal a piece.
Lehigh scored three goals before McKenna was able to get Holy Cross on the board at the 1:39 mark to close out the first period. Kennedy cut into the Mountain Hawk lead with a goal at the 12:54 mark in the second period before the Mountain Hawks scored again to make it a 4-2 game. Parzanese scored at the 6:09 mark and Lehigh found the back of the net twice to end the first half, 6-3, in favor of the Mountain Hawks.
Hannan opened the second half of play with a goal at the 12:34 mark. Lehigh responded with back-to-back goals before Minor scored for the 11th time of the season to bring Holy Cross within three. Lehigh found the back of the three times in the fourth period to end the game, 11-5.
Holy Cross senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) recorded 11 saves, while Lehigh’s Dan Carr made nine stops. Lehigh out shot Holy Cross 11-9 and picked up 32 ground balls, while Holy Cross picked up 21. The Crusaders won nine face-offs and the Mountain Hawks won 11.
The Crusaders return to action when they play Bucknell in a Patriot League contest at the new Holy Cross Field on Saturday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m.