Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Richmond, 11-9

Michael Ortlieb

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) each tallied two goals and one assist for three points as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Richmond, 11-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Robins Stadium in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-4 overall, while the Spiders fall to 0-5 overall.

The Spiders took an early 2-0 lead as Mitchell Goldberg netted two goals. After a goal by sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) off an assist by junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ) made it a 2-1 contest, a goal by Cory Palmer gave the Spiders back their two-goal advantage with 8:19 left in the first quarter. The Crusaders then netted the last three goals of the first quarter to take a 4-3 lead. Freshman Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.), junior Jimmy O'Brien (Loudonville, N.Y.) and freshman Ben Williams (Prior Lake, Minn.) each scored a goal. It was the first collegiate goal for Williams. After Richmond netted the first three goals of the second quarter to move out to a 6-4 lead, McKenna found the back of the net off a pass from Buermann with just 32 seconds left as the Spiders took a 6-5 lead to the half.

With the Crusaders trailing 7-5 after Goldberg's third goal of the contest, Haarmann and sophomore Thomas Shannon (Andover, Mass.) each scored to tie the game. Wilkinson assisted on Haarmann's goal and Haarmann posted an assist on Shannon's first collegiate goal. With 14:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lux gave the Crusaders an 8-7 lead, but the Spiders responded with a goal by Alex Hatem to tie the game at 8-8. The Crusaders answered by scoring three straight goals to move out to an 11-8 advantage. Lux scored off a pass from McKenna, McKenna posted an unassisted goal for the game-winner and senior John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) scored off a pass from Lux. J.P. Forester netted the last goal of the game with 6:56 remaining for the 11-9 final score.  

Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 13 saves to earn the win, while Conor Shannon posted four saves. Richmond outshot Holy Cross, 33-30, while the Crusaders picked up 31 ground balls and the Spiders posted 25. The Crusaders won 15 of 24 faceoffs as Williams won 13 of 21 faceoffs. The Crusaders went 1-4 on extra-man opportunities and the Spiders went 1-8.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 8, when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to take on No. 20 Army at Michie Stadium at 12:00 p.m.