Holy Cross Holds Off Hartford

March 13, 2005

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. - The Crusaders had six different players score goals as they were victorious over Hartford, 14-11, Sunday afternoon at the Hart Astroturf Field.

Junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) tallied four goals, as senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.) and sophomore Mike Moriarty (Fairfield, Conn.) each posted three goals.

Both teams would wait until the last minute in the first quarter, before putting points on the board. The Hawks scored first when Brandon Herbst netted a goal with 50 seconds remaining. Klotz answered for the Crusaders with his first tally of the game with 27 seconds remaining in the stanza to even the score, 1-1.

Sophomore Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) began the Crusaders four-goal attack in the second when he scored with help from McKee just 25 seconds in. Klotz then registered two goals 27 seconds apart. Moriarty rounded out Holy Cross' attack at 5:18 in the second to give the Crusaders a 5-1 lead.

Hartford used a man-up opportunity to net their second tally of the game as Ryan Curran scored with help from Brian Tilley with 4:57 left in the quarter.

Junior John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) gave Holy Cross a four-goal cushion heading into halftime when he scored with 2:52 left in the half.

The Crusaders opened the second half with a goal when Moriarty netted his seventh tally of the season just 45 seconds in. O'Sullivan assisted on the play.

The Hawks dropped the Holy Cross' lead to four when Matt Holman scored with help from Curran at 3:37 in the third. Klotz regained the Crusaders five-goal lead when he posted his fourth tally of the day with 8:23 remaining in the quarter.

Hartford's Josh Wasson-McQuigge posted two back-to-back goals to put the score at 8-5. Wasson-McQuiggie didn't let a man-down situation hurt the Hawks, as he posted his second tally of the game with 4:42 left in the quarter. Seconds later, McKee used a man-up advantage to post his first goal of the day.

The Crusaders started off the final quarter of the game strong netting three goals, including one tally by Moriarty and two by McKee before the Hawks attempted a late-game rally. Hartford scored six goals in the last six minutes and 30 seconds. Freshman Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.) and O'Sullivan were able to net two goals for the Crusaders to keep the lead despite barrage of goals by the Hawks.

Junior Matt Fallon (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) made 11 saves for the Crusaders during 55:20 minutes of action for the win, while sophomore David Vafek (Michalove, Slovakia) stepped in for 4:40 making a single save. Franklin Pargh faced 23 shots on goal and halted nine for the Hawks.

Holy Cross travels to Cambridge, Mass. when it takes on Harvard at 4 p.m.