March 3, 2007

Men's Lacrosse Falls To Lehigh In Overtime, 9-8

March 3, 2007

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Lehigh's Matthew Diehl scored the game-winner in sudden-death overtime as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Lehigh, 9-8, this afternoon in Patriot League action at the Hart Turf Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-3 overall (0-2 Patriot League), while the Mountain Hawks improve to 2-2 (1-0 Patriot League). Holy Cross senior Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.) sent the game into extra time when he scored with just 15 seconds left in regulation.

Senior tri-captain Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) had five points on the day with two goals and three assists, while freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) recorded three points with two goals and one assist. Sophomore John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.) also netted two goals, while Cowherd and sophomore Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) each scored a goal.

Lehigh was led by Diehl and Jeff Wiener who each had three goals.

Holy Cross took an early 2-0 lead with first period goals by Marchand and LeBlanc. Lehigh then scored three straight goals with one in the first period and two in the second to take a 3-2 lead into the half.

The Crusaders tied the game at 3-3 just 58 seconds into the third period with a man-up goal by Parzanese and then 1:02 later they regained the lead with a goal by Marino. Wiener's third goal of the game tied the score at 4-4 with 10:52 left in the period. Parzanese and LeBlanc would score the last two goals of the third period to give Holy Cross a 6-4 lead going into the fourth period. LeBlanc's goal was on an extra-man opportunity for the Crusaders.

After Lehigh made it a 6-5 game, Marino scored a man-up goal with 12:22 remaining to give Holy Cross a 7-5 advantage. The Mountain Hawks then scored three consecutive goals to take 8-7 lead. With only 15 seconds left, Cowherd tied the game forcing overtime. Diehl then scored the game-winner 1:25 into overtime.

Holy Cross sophomore goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 11 saves, while Eric Spirko stopped 10 shots for Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks outshot the Crusaders by a 30-28 margin, while Holy Cross picked up 31 ground balls and Lehigh had 26. The Crusaders scored three extra-man goals and held the Mountain Hawks scoreless on six extra-man opportunities.

Holy Cross was strong on face-offs winning 13 of 19 as sophomore Paddy Dowling (Darien, Conn.) went 12-18 and freshman Brendan Candon (Long Beach, N.Y.) went 1-1.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 6, when they travel to Burlington, Vt., to take on Vermont at 2:00 p.m.