Feb. 27, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) scored four goals but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to No. 13 Army, 9-5, on Tuesday night at the Hart Turf Field in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-2 overall (0-1 Patriot League), while the Black Knights improve to 3-0 (1-0 Patriot League). Senior tri-captain Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.) also added a goal for the Crusaders. Parzanese currently leads the team in goals with seven and in points with nine.
Army was led by Justin Bokmeyer's four goals and Paul Wigdzinski's two goals.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead with 9:10 left in the opening period when Parzanese netted his first goal of the game. Army would then go onto score seven straight goals. Bokmeyer tied the game at 1-1 with 4:41 left as the first period ended with a 1-1 score. The Black Knights then scored three goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the half.
Army scored three goals in the third increasing its lead to 7-1 going into the fourth period. Holy Cross started off the fourth period with two straight goals from Parzanese to cut the Army lead to 7-3, but Army's Kevin LoRusso made it an 8-3 game with 9:25 left. Cowherd scored his goal with 7:26 remaining to make it an 8-4 game and then Parzanese posted his fourth goal of the game with 3:16 on the clock to cut the lead to 8-5. Senior tri-captain Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) assisted on the goal. But that is as close as the Crusaders would come as Army's Jason Peyer scored the last goal of the contest with just 18 seconds left for the 9-5 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 12 saves, while Adam Fullerton stopped 18 shots for Army. The Crusaders outshot the Black Knights by a 35-28 margin, while Army had 34 ground balls and Holy Cross had 31. Each team did not score on extra-man opportunities as Holy Cross went 0-5 and Army went 0-3.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 3, when they host Patriot League opponent Lehigh at the Hart Turf Field at 1:00 p.m.