WEST POINT, N.Y. – Garrett Thul recorded five goals and six points for the Black Knights as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Army, 13-10, in Patriot League action in the Crusaders' season finale on Saturday at Michie Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season 5-10 overall (1-5 Patriot League), while the Black Knights improve to 8-5 overall (6-0 Patriot League) and will host the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed on April 30 and May 2.
“It was a beautiful day and we played very hard,” said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. “It was an emotional last game for the seniors and finale for the team. This was a very hard working close knit team who accomplished things not done before at Holy Cross. We took steps forward this year for the program and the dedication of this group impressed me all year.”
Senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.), senior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.), sophomore A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) and freshman James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) each recorded two goals. The two goals were a career best for Guarente, while Minor recorded at least one point in all 15 games this season. Sophomore Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) tallied one goal and one assist for two points, while junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored one goal and senior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) recorded one assist. Broussard led the Crusaders with four ground balls and senior Tim Barrar (West Chester, Pa.) caused three turnovers.
Army's Rob McCallion was also strong with two goals and two assists for four points, while Sean O'Sullivan scored three goals.
The Crusaders scored four goals in the first 2:54 of the game to take an early 4-0 lead. The goals were scored by Guarente, Minor, Kennedy and Broussard. Army then scored the last eight goals of the first half and the first of the third quarter for a 9-4 advantage. The Crusaders then cut the lead to 9-6 when Parzanese and Kennedy each scored. McGeehin recorded an assist on Parzanese's goal. But the Black Knights responded with two consecutive goals to increase their lead to 11-6. McGeehin then netted the last goal of the third quarter and Parzanese scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to make the score 11-8. With the score now 12-8, Guarente recorded a goal, but Army answered with 3:54 remaining to make it a 13-9 contest. Minor scored a man-up goal off a pass by Smirti with just 31 seconds left for the 13-10 final score.
Senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) made 12 saves, while Tom Palesky stopped 10 shots for Army. Army outshot Holy Cross, 35-31, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on man-up opportunities and the Black Knights went 1-2. Army picked up 27 ground balls and Holy Cross earned 21.