WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) had two goals and two assists for four points as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team lost to non-conference opponent Hartford, 12-7, on Saturday at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders move to 0-2 overall, while Hartford advances to 1-1 overall.
"Unfortunately Hartford came in today pretty riled up," said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. "We played good in the first quarter, but the second quarter killed us. We came out in the second half and dominated the third quarter, but we had dug ourselves too big of a hole. Now with the long week we are looking forward to getting ready for Quinnipiac, the players are getting better every day we just have to make things happen during the games."
The Crusaders saw a strong performance by Kennedy who had four points, sophomore John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) who recorded two goals for two points and senior Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) who had a goal and an assist for two points.
The Hawks had three players record hat tricks during the game. Ryan Compitello had three goals for three points, Aidan Genik had three goals and one assist for four points and Jared Franze had three goals for three points.
Kennedy scored the first goal of the game, his first of the season, unassisted to give the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead, just 15 seconds into the quarter. Hartford's Conor Flynn scored with 7:49 left in the first quarter to tie up the game. The Hawks then took the lead 30 seconds later from a goal by Genik. Hannan tied the game, 2-2, with 5:58 left in the quarter off an assist from Kennedy. At the start of the second quarter, the Hawks scored four quick goals to give Hartford a 6-2 lead before Hannan scored, his second of the game, off an assist from Flood. Hartford then scored three unanswered goals to end the half with the Crusaders trailing, 9-3.
The Crusaders had a strong start to the third quarter with three unanswered goals, first by Kennedy, his second of the game, with 13:18 left to play in the quarter. A goal by Flood, off an assist from Kennedy, cut the Crusaders deficit to 9-5 with 10:34 left in the third quarter. The Crusaders scored again with 9:04 left to play in the third quarter off a goal by junior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.), who was coming off a great performance at last week's loss. In the fourth quarter, Franze scored two goals advancing the Hartford lead 11-6. With four minutes left to play in the game, junior Matt Boylan (Kings Park, N.Y.) scored Holy Cross' seventh goal, but a Hartford goal 30 seconds later would end the game 12-7 in favor of the Hawks.
Hartford picked up 36 ground balls to Holy Cross' 23, while the Hawks also outshot Holy Cross 41-26. Crusader goalkeeper sophomore Mike Fisher (Fox Chapel, Pa.) had an excellent performance in his collegiate debut. Fisher played all 60 minutes in net and recorded 13 saves with a .520 save percentage during the hard fought loss. Hartford's goalkeeper Frank Piechotar recorded eight saves.
The Crusaders return to action in an away contest on Saturday, March 5 at Quinnipiac in non-conference action at 1:00 p.m.