March 28, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Bucknell, 17-6, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-8 overall (0-4 Patriot League), while the Bison improve to 5-5 overall (3-0 Patriot League).
Freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) recorded a career-best three goals, while junior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) had one goal and one assist. Junior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) and sophomore Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.) each scored one goal, while sophomores Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) and Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) each had one assist.
Bucknell was led by Joe Mele who scored three goals and had one assist for four points, while Charlie Streep had three goals.
Bucknell took a 1-0 lead when Perry Menzies scored a man-up goal, but Holy Cross answered with a goal by McGeehin off a pass by Smirti to tie the game at 1-1. The Crusaders then took the lead when McGeehin scored his second goal of the contest. Bucknell then scored the last goal of the first period and the first three goals of the second period to move out to a 5-2 lead. After Smirti scored to make it a 5-3 score, the Bison closed out the half with three goals for the 8-3 advantage.
Bucknell started the third period with three goals to increase the lead to 11-3, before McGeehin scored off a pass by Flood and Minor scored off an assist by Broussard to make it an 11-5 contest. The Bison then outscored the Crusaders, 6-1, in the fourth period as they scored the first two goals, while Moran then scored, but Bucknell scored the last four goals of the contest for the 17-6 final score.
Senior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made five saves in the first 40:28, while junior Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) stopped five shots in the last 19:32. Nick Sciubba made four saves to earn the win. Bucknell outshot Holy Cross, 40-21, while the Bison picked up 39 ground balls and the Crusaders had 19. Bucknell went 2-2 on extra-man opportunities and Holy Cross went 0-2.
The Crusaders return to action on April 4, when they travel to Easton, Pa., to play Lafayette in a Patriot League contest at 1:00 p.m.