March 14, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team led after three periods of play, but couldn't hold off Navy, falling 10-5 in Patriot League action at the Hart Turf Field on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-5 (0-2 Patriot League) while the Midshipmen improve to 6-2 (3-1 Patriot League).
Holy Cross was led by junior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) with one goal and one assist for two points. Freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.), sophomore Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.), junior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) and freshman Nick Rabiecki (Maplewood, N.J.) each had a goal, while senior co-captain Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) recorded an assist.
Navy was led by a two-goal performance by Patrick Moran and Tim Paul, while Andy Warner, Nikk Davis, Shane Durkin, Michael Beggins, Marty Gallager and Brian Striffler each scored a goal for the Midshipmen.
Holy Cross got on the board first when Minor scored an unassisted goal at the 12:03 mark in the first period. Minor bounced the ball into the net to score the first Crusader goal of the afternoon and give Holy Cross the 1-0 lead. Navy tied the game, 1-1, at the 9:04 mark in the second period when Paul scored his first goal of the afternoon. The Crusaders and the Midshipmen ended the first half in a stalemate, tied 1-1.
Navy took the lead with a quick goal at the 13:57 mark in the third period, but Holy Cross responded with two goals to regain the lead. Smirti scored at the 10:36 mark to tie the game 2-2 and Rabiecki scored an unassisted goal at the 7:11 mark to take a 3-2 Holy Cross lead. Navy's Warner tied the game, 3-3, with a goal at the 3:50 mark and then Holy Cross' Moran responded with a goal at the 1:39 mark. Moran found the back of the net to end the third period in favor of the Crusaders, 4-3.
Navy opened up the fourth period with seven straight goals before Holy Cross' McGeehin scored the final goal of the game.
Senior co-captain goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 13 saves, while Navy's RJ Wickham made seven stops to earn the victory. Navy outshot the Crusaders, 36-22, while Holy Cross earned 17 ground balls and went 0-2 on extra-man opportunities, while Navy had 31 ground balls and went 0-2 on extra-man opportunities.
Holy Cross continues action at the Hart Turf Field on Tuesday, March 17 hosting Hartford at 6:30 p.m.