Crimson Conquer Crusaders

March 15, 2005

Box Score

Worcester, Mass. -

The Crusaders were unable to hold onto a 3-2 lead in the second quarter and fell to Harvard, 12-5, Tuesday afternoon at Jordan Field.

Leading the Crusaders was junior John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), who netted three goals, including a man-up tally, and senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.), who posted three assists.

The Crimson scored first when Brian Mahler recorded his second goal of the season with 7:16 left on the clock. Holy Cross even the score to one-all when O'Sullivan found the back of the net exactly four minutes later with help from McKee.

Just 49 seconds into the second quarter, Jake Samuelson gave Harvard a 2-1 lead. The Crusaders quickly responded with two markers, one each by sophomore Mike Moriarty (Fairfield, Conn.) and O'Sullivan, to give Holy Cross a 3-2 lead just 4:34 into the second stanza.

Harvard closed the half with three unanswered goals to go up two tallies heading in to halftime. The Crimson opened the second half with four goals to take a 9-3 lead.

Junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) cut the Crusaders' deficit to five when he scored his 13 goal of the season with help from McKee with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter.

The Crimson would score once more in the third to take back the six goal lead before netting two more goals in the fourth. O'Sullivan rounded out the scoring when he used a man-up opportunity with 4:23 left in the game for a final score of 12-5.

Junior Matt Fallon (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) made 16 saves for the Crusaders during 48:41 minutes of action, as sophomore David Vafek (Michalove, Slovakia) stepped in for 11:19, halting six shots on goal. Even O'Donnell made 15 saves for the win, as Craig Thomas relived O'Donnell for 8:58, halting seven shots on net.

Holy Cross travels to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday, March 19, when it takes on Bucknell at 1 p.m.