Connor Sweeney Sets School Record As Crusaders Defeat Vermont, 11-1
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped 15 of 16 shots to set a school record with a .938 save percentage and the Crusaders kept the Catamounts off the scoreboard for the first 53:28 of the game as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 11-1, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at the new Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-8 overall, while the Catamounts fall to 2-8 overall.
The record was previously held by Dave O’Brien who recorded a .833 save percentage as he stopped 30 of 36 shots versus Merrimack on April 23, 1990. Sweeney’s 15 saves tied his career best.
“Connor Sweeney was outstanding along with the entire defense,” said head coach Adam Pascal. “But also when you score 11 goals you put yourself in a good position to be successful. Everyone contributed to this victory. This is a big confidence boost and what we needed before playing No. 16 Lafayette on Saturday here at Holy Cross.”
Senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) led the Holy Cross offense with three goals and one assist for four points, while sophomore Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) recorded one goal and one assist for two points. The offense was spread out as senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.), senior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), sophomore Brent Ferraro (Islip, N.Y.), freshman Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.), sophomore Ricky DeCicco (Manhasset, N.Y.) and freshman John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) all each scored one goal. The goals by Gillespie and DeCicco were their first collegiate goals. Junior Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.), sophomore Matt Boylan (Kings Park, N.Y.) and sophomore Nick Rabiecki (Maplewood, N.J.) each posted assists. The assist was Boylan’s first collegiate point. Junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with five ground balls.
The Crusaders scored the first nine goals of the game. Gillespie, Minor and Kennedy found the back of the net in the first quarter, while Minor and Hannan scored in the second quarter as Hannan’s goal was on the man-up. After Minor netted the only goal of the third quarter, Smirti, Ferraro and Morici scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter. Following a goal by Vermont’s Liam Thomas with 6:32 left to go in the fourth quarter, Paraznese and DeCicco posted goals for the 11-1 final score.
David Barton made nine saves for the Catamounts, while Holy Cross outshot Vermont, 35-28. Each team went 1-4 on man-up opportunities. Vermont picked up 32 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 29.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 10, when they will meet Patriot League opponent No. 16 Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. at the new Holy Cross Field.