Crusaders Fall to #6 Navy, 8-5

March 27, 2005

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Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team was defeated by No. 6 Navy, 8-5, Sunday afternoon at the Hart Astroturf Field.

A duo of juniors, midfielder John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and goalie Matt Fallon (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.), led the Crusaders against the Midshipmen. O'Sullivan netted a hat trick as Fallon made 16 saves. Navy's Billy Looney scored four goals as Ben Horn netted two goals and added an assist.

Holy Cross jumped on the board first using a man-up opportunity just 1:24 into the game when senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.) posted his sixth tally of the season with help from junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.). Navy answered with a goal minutes later using its first man advantage of the game as B. Looney scored his seventh goal of the season unassisted. Looney closed out the first quarter with his second goal of the game with 3:51 remaining in the stanza for a 2-1 lead.

The Midshipmen posted three more goals back-to-back in the second quarter, including two by Horn and one by William Wallace.

The Crusaders dropped Navy's lead to three, when sophomore Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) made a pass from behind the crease to Klotz, who back handed the ball past Navy's Matt Russell with 5:04 left in the second quarter. O'Sullivan posted his first goal of the game with 3:49 left in the quarter with help from sophomore Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.).

With 1:06 remaining in the first half, B. Looney capitalized on another man-up opportunity for Navy, when he netted his ninth goal of the season for a halftime score of 6-3, Navy.

O'Sullivan would score his second and third goals of the game, the only goals during the third quarter, to bring the Crusaders within one of tying the game. Senior Pat Hart (Wyckoff, N.J.) assisted on O'Sullivan's first goal of the quarter on the man-advantage, while freshman Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.) helped on the second.

Navy held Holy Cross scoreless in the fourth quarter and scored two more insurance goals for the win. B. Looney posted his fourth tally of the game with 10:47 remaining in the game, while Nick Mirabito secured the victory for the Midshipmen with 5:28 remaining for a final score of 8-5, Navy.

The Crusaders converted 2/3 of their man-up opportunities and killed off five out of seven of Navy's. In the crease Russell made 8 saves for the win.

Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, March 29 when it visits Siena in Loudonville, N.Y. at 3 p.m.