WORCESTER, Mass. – Kieran McArdle posted three goals and six assist for nine points for the Red Storm as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to St. John's, 11-9, on Saturday at the Hart Turf Field in the season-opener for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1 overall, while the Red Storm begin 1-0 overall. Sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) and senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) each scored three goals for the Crusaders, while senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) tallied two goals and one assist for three points.
After McArdle gave the Red Storm an early 1-0 lead, Hannan netted two straight goals. His second goal was assisted by senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.). After Alex Lagodich tied the contest at 2-2 with 5:21 left in the first quarter, but just 11 seconds later Haarmann gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead with a goal off a pass by junior Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.). Ryan Fitzgerald tied the contest at 3-3 for the Red Storm with 13:12 left in the second quarter. After a goal by Haarmann off a pass from Gillespie, McArdle scored the last goal of the quarter as the game was tied at 4-4 at the half.
The Crusaders scored the first two goals of the second half when Gillespie and Hannan found the back of the net. After a goal by McArdle, junior Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.) gave the Crusaders a 7-5 advantage with 10:48 left in the third quarter. The Red Storm then scored four straight goals to move out to a 9-7 lead. Haarmann then cut the lead to 9-8, but Lagodich netted a goal for the 10-8 lead. Gillespie made it a 10-9 game with 4:03 remaining in the fourth. A man-up goal by Stefan Diachenko with 2:09 left clinched the 11-9 victory for the Red Storm.
Junior goalie Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made 12 saves, while Jeff Lowman posted eight saves for the Red Storm. St. John's outshot Holy Cross, 39-27, while the Red Storm posted 36 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 20. The Red Storm won 13 of the 23 face-offs. The Crusaders went 0-1 on man-advantage opportunities, while the Red Storm went 1-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23, when they host Hartford at 3:00 p.m.