Feb. 24, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Freshman Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.) scored three goals including the game-winner and junior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made a career best 22 saves as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Yale, 7-6, this afternoon in non-conference action at Reese Stadium. This marks the first time in school history that the Crusaders have defeated the Bulldogs in men's lacrosse. Yale won the previous first seven contests starting in 1965. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-0, while the Bulldogs start their season 0-1.
Senior Toby Banta (Melrose, Mass.), senior Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.), junior Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) and sophomore Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) each scored one goal for the Crusaders, while Redmond and sophomore Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) each added one assist.
Yale was led by Tyler Casertano's two goals.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Minor scored his first goal of the season with 11:29 on the clock in the first period. The Bulldogs then scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. In the second period, Holy Cross answered back with a man-up goal by Marchand and a goal by Moran to tie the game at 3-3 going into halftime.
Yale's Colin Ford netted the only goal of the third period to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 advantage. In the fourth period, the Crusaders tied the game at 4-4 with 11:18 remaining with a goal by Banta. Redmond earned an assist on the goal. Just 10 seconds later, Casertano gave the Bulldogs back the lead. With 8:37 left in the period, Redmond tied the game at 5-5 with his first goal of the year. Parzanese was credited with an assist. Moran then scored two consecutive goals including the game-winner to give the Crusaders a 7-5 lead. With 2:06 left in regulation, Patrick Coleman made it a 7-6 game, but the Bulldogs were unable to tie the game for the 7-6 final score.
Harrison's .786 save percentage in the win was the fourth best save percentage in a single-game in school history. Yale goalie George Carafides stopped 17 shots. Yale outshot Holy Cross by a 40-36 margin.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, February 26, when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to meet Dartmouth at 3:00 p.m.