May 1, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Defeated By Dartmouth, 12-6, In Season-Finale

HANOVER, N.H. – With Holy Cross trailing 7-6, the Big Green outscored the Crusaders by a 5-0 margin in the fourth quarter as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Dartmouth, 12-6, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at Scully-Fahey Field in the season-finale for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season 5-10 overall, while the Big Green improve to 5-9 overall. 

Junior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) posted one goal and two assists for three points, while senior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) and junior John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) each scored two goals. Junior Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the team with nine ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior captain A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) won 15 of 21 face-offs and picked up four ground balls. Guarente led the team this season with a career-best 59 ground balls which rank ninth all-time for a single-season at the school.

The Big Green were led by Drew Tunney who tallied two goals and three assists for five points. Colin Delaney posted two goals.

The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead with goals by Morici and Hannan. Kennedy assisted on Hannan's man-up goal. The Big Green then netted three straight goals to move out to a 3-2 advantage. But, junior Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) scored with 3:02 left in the second quarter as the contest was tied at 3-3 at the half.

After Kennedy gave the Crusaders a 4-3 lead with the first goal of the third quarter, the Big Green responded with two straight goals to make it a 5-4 contest. Morici then tied the game at 5-5 with a man-up goal off a pass from Kennedy with 6:59 left, but Dartmouth netted two consecutive goals for the 7-5 advantage. Hannan made it a one-goal game when he scored with 14 seconds remaining off a pass by senior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.), but the Big Green then scored five straight fourth quarter goals for the 12-6 final.

Sophomore goalie Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made nine saves, while Fergus Campbell posted 12 saves for a .667 save percentage for the Big Green. Dartmouth outshot Holy Cross, 39-34, while the Crusaders picked up 34 ground balls and the Big Green secured 32. The Crusasders won 16 of 22 face-offs. The Crusaders went 2-2 on extra-man opportunities and the Big Green went 4-11.