March 7, 2009
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Colgate, 22-9, on Saturday afternoon in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-4 overall (0-1 Patriot League), while the Raiders improve to 2-3 overall (1-0 Patriot League).
Junior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) and sophomore Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) each had three points, as Minor had two goals and one assist, while McKenna had one goal and two assists. Junior Mike Nagle (Timonium, Md.) and freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) each scored two goals, while senior Brian Becker (Syracuse, N.Y.) and senior co-captain Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) each scored one goal. Freshman Nick Rabiecki (Maplewood, N.J.) recorded his first collegiate assist.
Colgate was led by Kevin Colleluori who had seven goals and Brandon Corp who had two goals and four assists for six points.
Colgate scored the first 11 goals of the game before McGeehin made it an 11-1 contest with 4:47 left in the second period. After a Colgate goal, McKenna scored the final goal of the first half to make the score 12-2.
With Colgate leading 14-2 in the third period, the Crusader scored three straight goals. Minor scored two in a row with the first goal being assisted by Rabiecki, while Nagle netted the third goal off a pass by Minor. With Colgate now up 17-5 in the fourth period, Nagle found the back of the net, but Colgate scored three unanswered goals to increase its lead to 20-6. In the last 6:57 of the game, Holy Cross scored three goals and Colgate netted two. The Crusader goals came from McGeehin, Becker from McKenna and Marchand from McKenna.
Senior co-captain goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made four saves in the first 18:42 and junior Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped nine shots in the final 41:18. Colgate's starter Tim Harrington made five saves, while Jared Madison, Peter Burchfield and Brian Cain each stopped one shot. Colgate had 42 shots and picked up 46 ground balls, while the Crusaders had 23 shots and picked up 19 ground balls. Colgate went 2-3 on extra-man opportunities and Holy Cross went 0-1.
The Crusaders return to action on March 14, when they host No. 16 Navy at 3:00 p.m. The game can been seen live on Crusader All-Access as fans can watch live Holy Cross games on GoHolyCross.com for a $9.95 monthly subscription. Holy Cross' game against Army on March 21 will also be available on Crusader All-Access. In addition to the live video streaming, games will be archived, so anyone with a subscription can go back and watch them at a later date.