Crusaders Edged Out By VMI

March 9, 2005

Box Score

Lexington, Va. - The Crusaders were unable to use a late surge and was defeated by VMI, 12-10, in men's lacrosse action held at Patchin Field Wednesday afternoon. The victory is the first of the season for the Keydets who improve to 1-2 while Holy Cross falls to 1-3.

Holy Cross was led by sophomore midfielder Mike Moriarty (Fairfield, Conn.) who netted four goals and added an assist and senior attackman Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.), who posted a team-high four assists and chipped in a goal. Two other players recorded goals for the Crusaders, including three from junior attackman Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) and two from freshman Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.).

Holy Cross got on the scoreboard first when Redmond scored off an assist from McKee at the 12:06 mark of the first quarter. That would be the only lead of the game for the Crusaders, who were forced to play uphill the rest of the way. Less than a minute after the game's initial goal, VMI answered when Kevin Hill took a pass from freshman midfielder Vincent Pierotti and scored to knot the game at one. RobertTrimble scored VMI's second goal on an unassisted play to put the Keydets in front for good at 2-1 with 7:24 left in the first quarter. That would be the second of six straight goals for VMI as the Keydets stormed back en route to a 6-1 lead with 9:50 left in the second quarter.

The Crusaders rallied back over the late stages of the second quarter, stringing together four straight goals to pull within 6-4 at the half. One of those scores was a man-up goal by Moriarty.

Continuing its surge in the second half, Holy Cross scoring first on another man-up goal, this one coming from McKee who was assisted by Redmond less than a minute into the third quarter. The score pulled the Crusaders to within 6-5.

After the two teams went scoreless over the next 5:23, VMI regained control by scoring three unanswered goals over a 5:01 span. Will Collier, Leo McInerney and Hill scored the three goals with sophomore midfielder Charles Barnes and Hill assisting on two of them. Moriarty scored unassisted with 2:45 left in the third quarter making it a 9-6 VMI lead.

The Keydets padded their lead by scoring the first two goals of the fourth period. The first one was a man-up goal and came from Trimble off an assist from McInerney at the 8:10 mark of the fourth. Just 26 seconds later, Collier scored from Trimble as VMI took an 11-6 lead.

Holy Cross would challenge what looked like a comfortable lead for VMI. Trailing by five, the Crusaders scored three straight goals to pull within two at 11-9 with 1:51 left to play. Klotz scored two of the three in the surge that made for anxious moments down the stretch.

Senior midfielder Erik Rohrman added a goal for VMI off an assist from junior midfielder David Trimble with 46 seconds left to give the Keydets some added breathing room. VMI resorted to some aggressive defense from there, limiting the Crusaders scoring chances. Holy Cross added its final goal with eight seconds remaining as Moriarty scored off an assist from McKee for the final margin.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 12 when they host Hartford at 3 p.m. at the Hart Astroturf field.