WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) recorded seven points with one goal and a career-best six assists, while sophomore Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored a career-best five goals and junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) picked up a career-best 10 ground balls as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Quinnipiac, 17-10, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at the new Holy Cross Field. The 17 goals are the most Holy Cross has scored since its 18-11 victory over Siena on April 4, 2001. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-9 overall, while the Bobcats fall to 5-5 overall.
“The team played great,” said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. “McGeehin and Broussard really had outstanding performances along with Parzanese. But it was also a well rounded team victory. It was great for the seniors to play so well after being honored before the game.”
Parzanese's six assists tied for fifth all-time at Holy Cross for a single-game performance. Senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) recorded three goals and one assist for four points, while senior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) scored three goals and freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) posted two goals and one assist. Minor has recorded at least one point in all 13 games this season. Sophomore Brent Ferraro (Islip, N.Y.), sophomore Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) and freshman Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) each scored one goal, while junior Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) posted one assist. Sophomore A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) won 15 of 26 face-offs, while sophomore David Henry (Davidsonville, Md.) led all players with four caused turnovers.
Quinnipiac was led by Jack Oppenheimer as he recorded three goals and one assist for four points.
The Crusaders outscored the Bobcats by a 10-1 margin in the first half. McGeehin, Minor and Smirti and each scored two goals in the half, while Morici, Kennedy, Gillespie and Ferraro each found the back of the net once. Parzanese has three assists in the half.
Quinnipiac outscored Holy Cross, 9-7, in the second half as the Crusaders earned the 17-10 win. McGeehin netted three goals in the half, while Parzanese recorded one goal and three assists. Kennedy, Minor and Smirti each posted one goal.
Senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped 14 of 23 shots for a .609 save percentage to earn the victory, while freshman Ian Garrahy (East Greenwich, R.I.) made his first collegiate save. Kevin Benzing made five saves for Quinnipiac and Jamie Prudden stopped four shots. The Bobcats outshot the Crusaders, 50-33, while Holy Cross went 2-7 on extra-man opportunities and Quinnipiac went 1-6. The Crusaders picked up 49 ground balls and Quinnipiac earned 28, while Holy Cross caused 10 turnovers and Quinnipiac caused eight.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 20, when they play their last home game of the season when they meet Bryant in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m., at the new Holy Cross Field.
Seniors Tim Barrar (West Chester, Pa.), Kevin Connolly (Concord, Mass.), Minor, Mike Nagle (Timonium, Md.), Parzanese, John Rapport (Wyckoff, N.J.), Smirti and Sweeney were honored before the game. Go here to view photos from Senior Day.