WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) recorded two goals and a career-best four assists for a career-best six points for the Crusaders, but freshman Jeff Perkins scored five goals and registered an assist for the Big Green as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team lost to Dartmouth, 16-7, on Wednesday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders drop to 0-4 overall, while the Big Green move to 3-1 overall. Freshman John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) and sophomore Jack Curran (Verona, N.J.) scored their first career goals for the Crusaders.
"Just a tough day today, Dartmouth came out really excited, they played well and jumped out early," said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. "We're just having issues once again. We take three minutes off a game, and it just comes back to get us since we're so young. Looking for some character to be honest with you. The players work hard and they do their best. We just need a lot more opportunities so we can keep growing together. We're going to keep fighting and we are going to keep our heads up as we get ready for Colgate."
Junior John DeChiaro put Dartmouth up 1-0 when he found the back of the net just over a minute into the contest. Almost two minutes later sophomore Nikki Dysenchuk scored the Big Green's second goal. Holy Cross answered back with 10:00 to go in the first when Kennedy found classmate John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y) to score his eighth goal of the season. Kennedy snuck the ball past the goaltender just over 3:30 later for his third goal of the year to even the contest at 2-2. Dartmouth took the lead again with 4:17 left in the quarter on an unassisted goal by Perkins. Daugherty scored his first collegiate goal on a dish by Kennedy with 26 seconds to go in the stanza. Just before the horn sounded for the end of the first, Perkins netted the final go-ahead goal for Dartmouth with just a second on the clock.
The second period was all Big Green as Perkins, junior Kip Dooley, DeChiaro and junior Drew Tunney scored to make it an 8-3 Dartmouth advantage at the half.
Dartmouth scored the first four goals in the third frame for a 12-3 edge before junior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) deposited the ball in the net for his second goal of the season on a pass from Kennedy with 7:21 remaining. Perkins notched his fifth and final goal of the day with 4:30 to go. Holy Cross rallied with two scores before the end of the quarter. Kennedy scored with 2:51 to go for his third of the year, while junior Matt Boylan (Kings Park, N.Y.) picked up his fifth goal of the season with 14 seconds left.
In the fourth quarter, Dartmouth scored twice in the first nine minutes to push the lead to 13-6. With 3:36 remaining in the game, Curran netted the final Crusader goal of the day for his first career goal on a dish by Kennedy. The Big Green saw their last goal come via freshman Patrick Resch for the final score of 16-7.
The Big Green were also led by Dysenchuk and Tunney with three goals each. Dooley and DeChiaro netted two goals each as Dooley also helped on three goals.
Freshman Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made two saves in the defeat as sophomore Mike Fisher (Fox Chapel, Pa.) stopped two in relief for the Crusaders. Senior Brandon DeLisio (Woodstock, N.Y.) also saw time in front of the net for Holy Cross. Junior Fergus Campbell saved eight in three quarters of play to pick up the win for Dartmouth. Sophomore Ryan Alexander made two saves in the fourth. Despite the loss, the Crusaders led 33-24 in ground balls and a slim advantage on shots 31-29.
The Crusaders start the Patriot League season on Saturday, March 12 when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate at 1:00 p.m.