Feb. 24, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.), senior Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) and sophomore Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) each scored two goals but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Yale, 13-7, this afternoon in non-conference action at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-1, while the Bulldogs start the season 1-0. Junior Toby Banta (Melrose, Mass.) also netted a goal for Holy Cross.
Yale was led by Chris Kempner's four goals and Tyler Casertano's three goals.
Yale scored the first four goals of the game taking a 4-0 lead into the second period, before LeBlanc put the Crusaders on the scoreboard at 1:10 into the second. After a goal by Jerome Arnold, Holy Cross would go onto score three straight goals in the second period to make it a 5-4 game going into halftime. Cowherd posted two goals in a row and then LeBlanc recorded his second goal of the game with 6:21 left in the second period with an assist by junior Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.).
Just 28 seconds into the third period, Marchand tied the game at 5-5 with a man-up goal. Freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) assisted on the goal. Yale would go onto score six straight goals in the third period to take an 11-5 lead into the fourth.
After a goal by Yale's Jonathan Koenig with 8:00 remaining in the fourth period, Banta made it a 12-6 game when he netted a goal off a pass from Parzanese. Kempner scored his fourth goal of the game with 4:55 left in the fourth and Marchand scored the final goal of the contest with 28 seconds left for the 13-7 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 17 saves, while Yale's George Carafides stopped 12 shots.
The Bulldogs outshot the Crusaders by a 42-27 margin, while Yale had 34 ground balls and Holy Cross had 29. The Crusaders went 2-8 on man-up opportunities and Yale went 1-4, while Holy Cross went 22-25 on clear attempts and the Bulldogs went 19-20.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, February 27, when they host Army at the Hart Turf Field in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams at 7:00 p.m.