HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats scored the first five goals of the game as the Crusaders then scored three straight to make it 5-3, but that is as close as they would get as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Quinnipiac, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 overall, while the Bobcats improve to 1-2 overall.
"Tough slow start and they had a very hot goalie," said head coach Adam Pascal. "We played better as the game went on but had dug too big of a hole. We are excited about Dartmouth and playing at home this Wednesday."
Sophomore John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y) led the Crusaders with two goals as he leads the team with seven for the season. Sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) recorded two assists and led the team with seven ground balls. Junior Matt Boylan (Kings Park, N.Y.) tallied one goal and one assist for two points
Quinnipiac was led by Dylan Webster who tallied three goals and one assist for four points. Basil Kostaras recorded two goals and one assist, while Kevin Kelly also tallied three points with one goal and two assists. Kevin Benzing was outstanding in net as he made 19 saves.
After Quinnipiac scored the first five goals of the game, junior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) found the back of the net with 14 seconds left in the first quarter to make it a 5-1 contest. The Crusaders then took the momentum to the second quarter as they outscored the Bobcats by a 2-0 margin to make it a 5-3 game. Hannan scored a man-up goal with 6:59 remaining and he then netted a goal off a pass by Kennedy with 4:47 left.
The Bobcats then responded by scoring the only two goals of the third quarter to increase their lead to 7-3. Boylan made it a 7-4 contest when he found the back of the net with 12:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Jack Oppenheimer netted a goal with 8:32 left to give Quinnipiac an 8-4 advantage. With 7:34 remaining, senior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored off a pass from Kennedy to make it an 8-5 game. But the Bobcats scored two straight goals for the 10-5 final.
Sophomore goalie Mike Fisher (Fox Chapel, Pa.) played the first quarter as he allowed five goals, while freshman Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made seven saves and allowed five goals in the last 45:00 for a .583 save percentage. Benzing earned a .792 save percentage for the game. The Crusaders outshot the Bobcats 39-34, while Quinnipiac earned 39 ground balls and Holy Cross recorded 33.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, March 9 when they play in Worcester versus Dartmouth in non-conference action at 4:00 p.m.