Men's Lacrosse Defeats Lafayette, 9-6

Mike Fisher

EASTON, Pa. – Sophomores Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) and John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) each recorded two goals and one assist for three points, while sophomore goalie Mike Fisher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was outstanding with 14 saves as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 9-6, at Fisher Stadium in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-10 overall (1-4 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 2-9 overall (0-4 Patriot League).

The two goals and three points were a career best for Gillespie. Sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) tallied one goal and one assist for two points, while senior Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.), senior Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.), junior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) and freshman Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) each scored one goal. Sophomore Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) recorded an assist.

Lafayette was led by Tom Perini who scored four goals.

After Hannan scored the first goal of the game, Perini tied the game at 1-1 with 4:35 left in the first quarter. Moran then scored with 1:58 to go, but the Leopards responded with a goal to tie the contest at 2-2. With just 12 seconds remaining, Gillespie netted his first goal of the season as he scored off a pass from Kennedy. The Crusaders extended their lead to 5-2 when they netted the first two goals of the second quarter. Gillespie scored off a pass by Hannan for his second straight goal and then Flood found the back of the net off a pass from Ward with 10:08 left. The assist was Ward's first collegiate point. After the Leopards made it a 5-3 game, Kennedy found the back of the net with 31 seconds remaining. But Lafayette answered just five seconds later as the score was 6-4 going to the half.

Morici extended the Crusader lead to 7-4 when he netted the first goal of the third quarter which would be the eventual game winning goal. The goal was his first collegiate game-winner. After Lafayette, made it a 7-5 contest, Smith scored his first collegiate goal to give the Crusaders an 8-5 advantage with 5:56 left in the third quarter. Gillespie assisted on the goal. The Crusaders kept the momentum in the fourth quarter with a goal by Hannan to increase the lead to 9-5. Perini cut the lead to 9-6 with 12:57 left. The Crusaders were then able to keep Lafayette from scoring the rest of the way for the 9-6 final.

Fisher earned his first collegiate victory as he tallied a .700 save percentage. Andrijko Andrusko made the start for the Leopards as he made four saves and allowed eight goals in 39:36, while Ed Stubits made five saves and allowed one goal in 20:24. The Leopards outshot the Crusaders, 41-32, while Holy Cross recorded 26 ground balls and Lafayette secured 25.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 12, when they travel to Smithfield, R.I., for a 7:00 p.m. contest versus Bryant at the Bryant Turf Complex.