WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team concluded its season on Tuesday night at Holy Cross Field in non-conference action as the Crusaders fell to Marist, 12-7. With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season 2-13 overall, while the Red Foxes improve to 7-6.
Connor Rice and Jack Doherty led Marist, as both picked up three goals on the night. Rice also recorded four assists for a total seven points.
The Crusaders started the game strong going up 2-0 on the Red Foxes in the opening minutes with goals coming from sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) and junior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.). Marist answered back with two goals of its own, to even the score at two a piece. The Crusaders retook the lead in the second quarter off of a goal from sophomore Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.). Holy Cross maintained its lead and entered the second half up 3-2. After the first half the Crusaders held the edge in shots taking 20 to the Red Foxes 14. Holy Cross went 4-7 on face-offs while Marist went 3-7.
Although Holy Cross held the 4-3 lead minutes into the third quarter after a goal from Kennedy, Marist would dominate the rest of the game scoring six goals and picking up 14 ground balls over the course of the quarter. Junior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) picked up his first goal of the day at the 5:59 mark off of the assist from freshman Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.). In the fourth Morici picked up his second goal of the day on a man up opportunity, but it was too little too late for the Crusaders, as Marist would score two more goals before time expired to take the 12-7 win. Marist held the edge in shots in the second half, taking 26 while the Crusaders looked to net 19 times. The Red Foxes also held the edge in ground balls picking up 22 to the Crusaders 15.
Sophomore goalie Mike Fisher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took the loss but totaled 11 saves on the night. Senior goalie Brandon DeLisio (Woodstock, N.Y.) came in for relief in the final minute of the game. Marist goalie Craig Goodermote made 14 saves on the night in his collegiate debut for a .667 save percentage. Holy Cross sophomore Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers. While junior David Henry (Davidsonville, Md.) recorded three ground balls. Holy Cross recorded 39 shots on the night, while Marist took 40. The Crusaders picked up a total of 23 ground balls, while the Red Foxes totaled 31.