April 7, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Seniors Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.) and Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) each scored five goals as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Lafayette, 16-11, on Saturday afternoon in the Crusaders' final Patriot League game of the season. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-6 overall (1-5 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 1-9 overall (0-5 Patriot League).
LeBlanc also added two assists for seven total points, while freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) scored two goals and dished out five assists for seven points. Freshman Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) and sophomore Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) each recorded two points as Smirti netted two goals and Marchand had one goal and one assist. Senior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.) also added a goal for the Crusaders.
Lafayette was led by Matt Mersky's three goals and one assist, while John Galassi scored three goals.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 4-0 lead with four straight goals in the first period. Cowherd scored the first goal of the game with 6:18 on the clock, while Fogarty recorded a goal just 15 seconds later. Cowherd scored his second goal of the game with 1:37 remaining in the period followed by a goal from LeBlanc with 1:01 left.
The Leopards then scored two goals to open up the second period to make it a 4-2 game. Cowherd then scored again to increase the lead to 5-2. After a Lafayette goal, LeBlanc made it a 6-3 score. The Leopards would then tie the game at 6-6 with three unanswered goals. After Smirti and Cowherd made it an 8-6 game, the Leopards came right back and tied it again with two goals. LeBlanc then scored with 28 seconds left in the half, but Lafayette would score with just 10 seconds remaining as the game was tied at 9-9 going into halftime.
The Crusaders took the lead for good with goals by LeBlanc and Parzanese to start the second half. After Mersky made it an 11-10 game, Marchand and Smirti scored to give Holy Cross a three-goal lead. Galassi netted Lafayette's last goal of the game with five seconds left in the period.
LeBlanc, Parzanese and Cowherd each scored a goal in the fourth period for the 16-11 final score.
Holy Cross goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 15 saves to earn the win. The Crusaders outshot the Leopards by a 37-33 margin, while Holy Cross picked up 32 ground balls and Lafayette had 22.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 10, when they travel to Burlington, Vt., to face Vermont at 2:00 p.m.