Feb. 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) recorded four goals and three assists for seven points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 13-8, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-2 overall, while the Bulldogs kick off the season 1-0 overall.
Junior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) scored two goals for Holy Cross, while senior co-captain Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) and freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) each scored one goal. Junior Tim Barrar (West Chester, Pa.), junior Brendan Candon (Long Beach, N.Y.), junior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) and freshman A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) each had one assist. The assists by Barrar and Guarente were their first collegiate points. Candon also picked up seven ground balls.
Yale was led by junior Brendan Gibson's two goals and three assists for five points, while senior Michael Karwoski had three goals and one assists for four points.
After McGeehin tied the game at 1-1 with 12:07 on the clock in the first period, Yale scored five unanswered goals to take a 6-1 into the second period. Each team scored one goal in the second period, including Marchand who netted a man-advantage goal.
With Yale leading 7-2 to start the third period, Parzanese made it a 7-3 game at just eight seconds into the period. But, Karwoski then found the back of the net twice including a man-advantage goal. Parzanese closed out the period with two goals, including one on the man-advantage, as the score was 9-5 in favor of Yale going into the fourth. After Yale increased its lead to 10-5, the Crusaders scored three straight goals to cut the Yale lead to 10-8 with 4:24 remaining. The goals were by Smirti on the man-advantage at 5:50, Parzanese at 4:37 and Smirti again at 4:24. Yale then ended Holy Cross' scoring with three unanswered goals of its own for the 13-8 final score.
Senior co-captain goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 15 saves, while Jonathan Falcone stopped 16 shots for Yale to earn the victory. Yale outshot the Crusaders, 36-29, while Holy Cross earned 23 ground balls and went 3-7 on extra-man opportunities, while Yale had 25 ground balls and went 2-8.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 3, when they travel to Durham, N.C., to play No. 5 Duke at 3:00 p.m.