ANNAPOLIS, Md. – With the Crusaders trailing 8-7 with 10:57 left in the third quarter, the Midshipmen then netted five consecutive goals as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Navy, 13-7, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-4 overall (0-2 PL), while the Midshipmen improve to 4-3 overall (2-1 PL).
The Crusaders were led by junior Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) who scored two goals. Senior captain A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) led the team with five ground balls, while he won 13 of 22 face-offs. Sophomore Ryan Troy (Summit, N.J.) led the Crusaders with two caused turnovers.
The Mids were led by Tucker Hull who posted three goals and five assists for eight points. Nikk Davis and Pat Kiernan each tallied two goals and one assist.
Kiernan gave Navy an early 1-0 lead with a goal off a pass by Hull just eight seconds after the opening face-off. The Crusaders then answered with a goal by junior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) to tie the game with 10:11 left in the first quarter. After the Mids netted three straight goals to move out to a 4-1 lead, senior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) found the back of the net off an assist from sophomore John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) for the last goal of the first quarter. Navy then scored the first three goals of the second quarter to increase its lead to 7-2 with 10:36 remaining. Freshman Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) ended the Mids' scoring streak when he found the back of the net with 8:32 left. Then with 4:01 remaining, junior John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) tallied a goal off a pass from freshman Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) to make it a 7-4 contest. After Hull netted a man-up goal, Gillespie and senior Nick Rabiecki (Maplewood, N.J.) each scored for the Crusaders as Navy took an 8-6 lead to the half.
The Crusaders cut the Navy lead to 8-7 with 10:57 left in the third quarter when Gillespie scored his second goal of the game. But that is as close as the Crusaders would get as Navy then scored five straight goals for the 13-7 final.
Sophomore goalie Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made 13 saves, while R.J. Wickham posted 16 saves for a .696 save percentage. The Crusaders outshot the Mids, 36-35, while Navy picked up 28 ground balls and Holy Cross tallied 18. The Crusaders won 14 of 24 face-offs and went 0-1 on extra-man opportunities, while Navy went 3-5 on extra-man opportunities.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 24, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to meet Patriot League opponent No. 11 Lehigh at the Ulrich Sports Complex at 1:00 p.m.