February 20, 2007

Men's Lacrosse Downs Hartford, 10-8, In Season-Opener

Feb. 20, 2007

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) scored his first three collegiate goals including the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Hartford, 10-8, this afternoon in non-conference action at the Hart Turf Field in the Crusaders' season-opener. With the win, the Crusaders start the season 1-0, while the Hawks fall to 0-2.

Senior Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) had five points with two goals and three assists, while freshman Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) also had two goals. Sophomore Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.), sophomore John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and freshman Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) each chipped in with a goal for the Crusaders.

Hartford was led by Jacob Eustice and Rob Steffens who each had two goals.

The Crusaders wasted no time scoring as Minor scored his first collegiate goal at 1:29 into the game. The Hawks answered back with three straights goals by Steffens, Jason Whitehouse and Brian Tilley to take a 3-1 lead. The Crusaders then went on a scoring streak of their own as they scored four consecutive goals to take a 5-3 lead with a goal by Marchand, two goals by Parzanese and Minor's second goal of the game. With 1:03 left in the first period, Eustice cut the deficit in half when he scored his first goal of the game.

LeBlanc increased the Holy Cross lead to 6-4 at just 50 seconds into the second period and then just 10 seconds later he scored again giving the Crusaders a 7-4 lead. A little over three minutes later, Hartford's Tom Harris scored on a man-up opportunity to make it a 7-5 game. With only 50 seconds left before the half, Marino notched a goal to regain Holy Cross' three-goal lead at 8-5.

Steffens scored his second goal of the game with 10:06 left in the third period to cut the lead to 8-6, but 48 seconds later Parzanese netted the eventual game-winner and his third goal of the game. With 1:50 remaining in the period, Hartford's David Spivey scored the last goal of the period making it a 9-7 game going into the final period.

Broussard posted his first collegiate goal with 6:14 left in the fourth period increasing the lead to 10-7. Eustice netted his second goal of the game with 3:42 left but Holy Cross was able to keep control of the ball for the rest of the period as the game ended in the 10-8 final score.

Sophomore goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 11 saves to earn his first collegiate win, while Hartford's Jon McMahon stopped 16 shots.

The Crusaders outshot the Hawks by a 36-22 margin, while Holy Cross had 25 ground balls and Hartford had 24.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, February 24, when they host Yale at the Hart Turf Field at noon.