Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Harvard, 17-9

Ben Williams

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Deke Burns posted four goals and one assist for five points for the Crimson as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 17-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-3 overall, while the Crimson improve to 1-1 overall.

The Crusaders were led by junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) who scored four goals, while junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ) tallied two goals. Two Crusaders scored their first collegiate goal and three posted their first collegiate point with an assist.

After Harvard netted the first four goals to take a 4-0 lead, McKenna found the back of the net off an assist by junior Frank Gaul (Glen Rock, N.J.) with 4:59 left in the first quarter. The assist was Gaul's first collegiate point. The Crimson increased their lead to 6-1 when Sean McDonagh and Burns each netted a goal. With just two seconds remaining in the first quarter, McKenna scored his second goal of the game. The Crusaders started the second quarter with two straight goals to cut the Harvard lead to 6-4. McKenna netted his third consecutive goal to post his second hat-trick of the season and the fifth of his career, while junior Chris Smith (Rye, N.Y.) posted a goal off a pass from freshman Parker Greiwe (Indian Hill, Ohio). The assist was also Greiwe's first collegiate point. Harvard then responded with four straight goals to take a 10-4 advantage to the half.

McKenna opened the third quarter with his fourth goal of the game to make it a 10-5 contest. Harvard responded with three straight goals to extend its lead to 13-5 including two goals by Will Walker. The Crusaders made the score 13-7 by scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Haarmann netted a man-up goal off an assist by sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.), while freshman Jack Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored his first collegiate goal. Freshman Sean Kirkpatrick (Glen Mills, Pa.) posted an assist for his first collegiate point. After a goal by Brendan Newman, Haarmann tallied his second extra-man goal. Jack Breit increased the Crimson lead to 15-8 with 6:47 left in the fourth quarter, but junior Jack Spencer (Garden City, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal to make it a 15-9 contest. Junior Conor Shanahan (Potomac, Md.) posted an assist. Harvard closed out the game with two goals for the 17-9 final score.

Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 11 saves, while sophomore goalie Peter Hines (Manchester, Mass.) posted two saves. Jake Gambitsky totaled 10 saves for the Crimson and Colin Delea posted two saves. Harvard outshot Holy Cross, 43-31, while the Crimson picked up 27 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 18. Holy Cross won 16 of 29 faceoffs as freshman Ben Williams (Prior Lake, Minn.) won 15 of 25 faceoffs. The Crusaders went 2-5 on extra-man opportunities and the Crimson went 3-6.      

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 1, when they will play at Patriot League opponent Navy at 11:00 a.m. The Midshipmen are 1-2 overall (0-1 PL) so far this season with a 18-5 win over VMI, a 9-8 overtime loss to Georgetown and a 9-6 loss to Bucknell. Last year, the Crusaders defeated Navy, 7-5, at Citi Field as part of the 2013 Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic. This was the Crusaders' first ever win versus Navy as the Midshipmen had won the previous nine meetings. The game can be viewed on the Patriot League Network.

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