March 4, 2008
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Sophomore Chris Smirti (Cold Springs Harbor, N.Y.) scored three goals and sophomore Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) scored two goals including the game-winner as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Hartford, 9-7, this afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-1, while the Hawks fall to 0-3.
Minor also added two assists for four points to lead the Crusaders. Senior Toby Banta (Melrose, Mass.), junior John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.), freshman Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and freshman Matt Petri (Morristown, N.J.) each scored one goal. Freshman Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.) had two assists, while Marino, junior Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) and freshman Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) each had one assist.
Hartford was led by Justin Bearse's two goals and one assist for three points.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Smirti scored. After the Hawks made it a 2-1 game, Minor tied the game at 2-2 with just 11 seconds left in the first period. In the second period, Hartford took a 4-2 lead, but Holy Cross then scored three straight goals to conclude the second period and take a 5-4 lead into halftime. The goals were by Petri, Smirti and Marino. Petri's goal was his first collegiate goal, while Marino scored on a man-up opportunity.
The Crusaders opened the third period with three more goals to increase their lead to 8-4. The goals were scored by Smirti, Banta and Minor. Flood recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on Minor's game-winning goal. The Hawks scored the last goal of the third period and first of the fourth to make it an 8-6 game. McKenna's first collegiate goal with 3:19 remaining in the fourth period gave the Crusaders a 9-6 advantage, while Hartford added a goal with 45 seconds left for the 9-7 final score.
Holy Cross junior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 10 saves for the Crusaders to earn the win and improve to 3-1 on the season, while Jon McMahon stopped six shots for Hartford. The Crusaders went 1-4 on extra-man opportunities and the Hawks went 1-5. Holy Cross had 24 shots and picked up 32 ground balls, while Hartford had 29 shots and 42 ground balls.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 8, when they host Patriot League opponent Colgate at 1:00 p.m. at the Hart Turf Field in the home-opener.