WORCESTER, Mass. – After the Crusaders scored five straight goals to tie the game at 7-7 in the fourth quarter, the Terriers outscored the Crusaders 2-1 in the final 12:49 of play as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Boston University, 9-8, on Saturday evening at Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action on Senior Night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-11 overall (1-7 PL), while the Terriers improve to 2-11 overall (2-6 PL).
With the Crusaders leading 1-0 after a goal by junior Frank Gaul (Glen Rock, N.J.), BU netted four consecutive goals to move out to a 4-1 lead. Freshman Ben Williams (Prior Lake, Minn.) ended the Terriers' scoring streak just five seconds after BU's fourth goal when he won a faceoff and sprinted down the field finding the back of the net. But with just eight seconds left, Craig Zebrowski tallied a goal as the Terriers took a 5-2 lead to the half.
Cal Dearth increased the BU lead to 6-2 with 13:22 remaining in the third quarter, while Sam Talkow then scored just six seconds later to make it a 7-2 game. The Crusaders then tallied five straight goals to tie the contest. Freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.), sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.), junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ), freshman Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Gaul each posted a goal. But the Terriers responded with two straight goals as Sammy Davis and Patrick Donnelly each scored. The Crusaders cut the BU lead to 9-8 with 3:39 left when Lux netted a goal. The Crusaders took two late attempts to tie the game, but were unable to score the equalizer as Gaul sent a shot wide of the net with 3.5 seconds left and BU goalie Christian Carson made a save on a shot by junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) with just one second remaining to secure the 9-8 victory.
Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 13 saves, while Carson posted nine. Boston University outshot Holy Cross, 40-37, while each team picked up 27 ground balls. BU won 12 of 21 faceoffs, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Terriers went 1-6.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 29, when they conclude the season at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. at 4:00 p.m.
Before the game, seniors John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.), Tripper Gandy (New Vernon, N.J.), Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.), Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) and Ryan Troy (Summit, N.J.) were honored in a ceremony.
Gandy has played in 28 career games with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Gandy was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2012.
Kadlick, who is a captain has played in 55 games. He has tallied eight goals and 12 assists for 20 career points. He also has 133 ground balls and 40 caused turnovers. His 133 ground balls are eighth all-time in program history. As a freshman he won the team's Most Improved Player Award. He was named to the 2013 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Smith, who is a captain, has played in 53 career games with 11 goals and six assists for 17 career points. He also has 23 ground balls and five caused turnovers. As a freshman he was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week once and earned the team's Joseph M. Murphy III Rookie of the Year Award. Smith was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2013 and was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
Daugherty has played in 50 career games with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. He also has 31 ground balls. He won the team's Most Improved Player Award in 2012 and is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Troy, who is a captain, has played in 26 career games with 20 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. He won the team's Most Improved Player Award in 2012. He was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
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