April 21, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Defeated By Army, 15-6

WEST POINT, N.Y. – With Holy Cross leading 5-4 at the half, the Black Knights then outscored the Crusaders 11-1 in the second half as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Army, 15-6, on Saturday in Patriot League action at Michie Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-9 overall (0-6 PL), while the Black Knights improve to 7-6 overall (4-2 PL). 

Junior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) recorded his 100th career point with a goal as he now has 63 goals and 37 assists. Junior John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with two goals.

The Black Knights were led by Devin Lynch who posted three goals and one assist for four points. John Glesener tallied one goal and three assists for four points.

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead when Kennedy tallied his 100th career point with the only goal of the first quarter. The Black Knights then scored the first four goals of the second quarter to move out to a 4-1 advantage. But the Crusaders responded with four straight goals of their own to take a 5-4 lead to the half. Hannan found the back of the net off a pass by junior Jack Curran (Verona, N.J.) and then senior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored off a pass from senior Matt Boylan (Kings Park, N.Y.) to make it a 4-3 contest. Junior Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) tied the game at 4-4 with 6:04 remaining in the half and then Hannan netted a goal off a pass by sophomore Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.) to take the 5-4 lead.

Army outscored the Crusaders by a 9-0 margin in the third quarter to take a 13-5 lead. Senior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) ended Army's scoring streak by finding the back of the net off a pass from Boylan with 12:07 left in the fourth quarter. But the Black Knights then scored the last two goals of the contest for the 15-6 final.    

Sophomore goalie Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made 10 saves, while Zach Palmieri also tallied 10 saves to improve to 7-6 on the season. Army outshot the Crusaders, 42-21, while the Black Knights picked up 28 ground balls and Holy Cross secured 16. Army won 18 of 24 face-offs, while the Crusaders went 0-2 extra-man opportunities and Army went 4-6. 

The Crusaders return to action for their season-finale on Tuesday, May 1, when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth at Scully-Fahey Field at 4:00 p.m.