March 13, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.) scored four goals and sophomore Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) recorded three goals and one assist as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Wagner, 15-3, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at the Hart Turf Field. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-4 overall, while the Seahawks fall to 0-5 overall.
Freshman Matt Heske (Manhasset, N.Y.) posted his first two collegiate goals, while freshman Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) also scored his first collegiate goal. Senior Mike Moriarty (Fairfield, Conn.), junior J.D. Pelligrini (Syracuse, N.Y.), junior Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.), freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) and freshman Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) also each chipped in with one goal.
John Hamilton, Jeff Policicchio and Evan Shull each scored Wagner's goals.
The Crusaders scored the first five goals of the game to take a 5-0 lead into the second period. Cowherd scored the first goal of the game, while Heske then followed with two straight goals. Pelligrini posted a goal with 4:28 left and then Cowherd scored his second goal of the game a minute later.
After Hamilton scored Wagner's first goal, Moriarty made it a 6-1 game with 10:58 on the clock in the second period. Policicchio's goal made the score 6-2 with 5:32 remaining in the period. Holy Cross then ended the half with goals from Redmond and Cowherd to bring an 8-2 lead into the break.
Holy Cross held the Seahawks scoreless in the third period, while Minor, Parzanese and Marchand each scored for the Crusaders giving them an 11-2 lead through three periods.
Cowherd made it a 12-2 game with 12:19 remaining in the fourth period with his fourth goal of the game, while with 8:25 left, Shull scored for Wagner. Marchand then scored two straight and Smirti finished the scoring with 1:08 left for the 15-3 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made five saves in the first three periods to earn the win. Ian Gallagher stopped 22 shots for Wagner. The Crusaders outshot the Seahawks by a 48-13 margin, while Holy Cross picked up 36 ground balls and Wagner had 22.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 17, when they travel to Dallas, Texas, to face Patriot League opponent Navy at the Southern Methodist University. The game is set to start at noon.