HAMILTON, N.Y. – With Holy Cross trailing by a 10-5 score, the Crusaders netted four straight fourth-quarter goals to cut the Colgate lead to 10-9 with 3:08 left, but a late goal clinched the win for the Raiders as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Colgate, 11-9, on Saturday afternoon at Andy Kerr Stadium in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-10 overall (1-6 PL), while the Raiders improve to 8-4 overall (4-3 PL).
Junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) led the Crusaders with three goals for his second hat-trick of the season and the seventh of his career. The Raiders were led by Ryan Walsh who tallied four goals.
After Colgate took a 2-0 lead, Haarmann found the back of the net with 3:43 left in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 contest. Walsh then increased the Colgate lead to 3-1 with his first goal of the game, but the Crusaders closed out the first quarter with two consecutive goals to tie the game at 3-3. Freshman Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Haarmann each scored. The Raiders controlled the second quarter by scoring five goals with three from Walsh to take a 8-3 lead to the half.
The Crusaders cut the Raiders' lead to 8-5 as sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) and senior captain Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.) each scored in the third quarter. The Raiders then scored two straight as Bobby Lawrence and Eric Foote found the back of the net to give Colgate a 10-5 advantage going to the third quarter. The Crusaders responded in the fourth quarter by netting four consecutive goals to cut the lead to one-goal at 10-9 with 3:08 remaining. Kadlick, junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.), senior John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) and Haarmann each posted a goal. But that is as close as the Crusaders would get as Brendon McCann tallied a goal for Colgate with 34 seconds left for the 11-9 final score.
Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 13 saves, while Brandon Burke posted seven saves for the Raiders. Colgate outshot Holy Cross, 40-29, while the Raiders picked up 30 ground balls and the Crusaders secured 21. Colgate won 17 of 23 faceoffs, while the Crusaders went 1-2 on extra-man opportunities and the Raiders went 1-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 19, when they host Patriot League opponent Boston University at Holy Cross Field on Senior Night at 6:00 p.m.
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