March 15, 2008
DALLAS, Texas − The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to No. 11 Navy, 16-3, on Saturday afternoon at Texas Stadium in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-3 overall (0-3 Patriot League), while the Midshipmen improve to 6-1 overall (3-0 Patriot League). The game was a part of the Patriot Cup which is a four-game lacrosse showcase featuring some of the nation's premier collegiate and high school programs. Rutgers will play Army at 4:00 p.m., while in high school action, Episcopal School of Dallas played St. Mary's of Annapolis (Md.) at 10:30 a.m. and Dallas Highland Park will battle Memphis University School (Tenn.) in the final game at 6:00 p.m.
Junior Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) led the Crusaders with two goals, while junior John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.) had one goal. Senior Toby Banta (Melrose, Mass.) and sophomore Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) each added one assist.
Navy was led by Nick Mirabito's two goals and four assists for six points, while Tim Paul had three goals.
The Midshipmen scored the first 11 goals of the game. The Crusaders then scored two straight goals in the third period to make it an 11-2 game. Marino scored off an assist by Banta and then Marchand netted his first goal of the contest. After Navy scored four goals to make it a 15-2 score, Marchand scored a man-up goal from an assist by Parzanese in the fourth period for his second goal of the game and his team-leading eighth of the season. The Midshipmen scored the last goal of the game for the 16-3 final score.
Holy Cross junior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 12 saves and allowed 12 goals in the first three periods, while sophomore Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped three shots and allowed four goals in the fourth period. Matt Coughlin made three saves and allowed two goals for Navy in the first three periods, while Tommy Phelan allowed one goal in the fourth period. The Crusaders went 1-1 on extra-man opportunities, while the Midshipmen went 2-2.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 22, when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to meet Patriot League opponent Army at 1:00 p.m.