Men’s Lacrosse Falls To #16 Lehigh, 8-5

James Kennedy

WORCESTER, Mass. – David DiMaria scored three goals for the Mountain Hawks as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to No. 16 Lehigh, 8-5, at Holy Cross Field on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-4 overall (1-2 PL), while the Mountain Hawks improve to 6-4 overall (2-0 PL).

After Brian Hess gave Lehigh a 1-0 lead with 3:47 left in the first quarter, the Crusaders then netted two straight goals. Sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) found the back of the net off a pass from senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), while senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) gave the Crusaders a 2-1 advantage when he scored off a pass by senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.). The Mountain Hawks then outscored the Crusaders by a 3-1 margin in the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead to the half. After Lehigh scored the first two goals of the second quarter, Kennedy posted a goal off a pass from junior Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.). But Dante Fantoni then tallied an extra-man goal with 2:27 left in the second quarter.    

Lehigh moved out to a 6-3 lead by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter. Kennedy made it a 6-4 contest when he tallied his second goal of the game with 5:33 remaining in the third. Sophomore Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) tallied an assist. After Hess netted his second goal of the game, McKenna found the back of the net with just 10 seconds left in the third quarter as the Crusaders trailed 7-5. The only goal of the fourth quarter was scored by DiMaria giving him three for the contest and clinching the 8-5 victory.  

Freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made seven saves, while Matt Poillon posted six saves to improve to 5-2 on the season. Lehigh outshot Holy Cross, 31-28, while the Mountain Hawks secured 26 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 24. Lehigh won nine of 17 face-offs, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Mountain Hawks went 0-5.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 26, when they travel to Burlington, Vt., to take on Vermont at 3:00 p.m.