April 7, 2009
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored the game-winner in sudden-death double overtime, as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 12-11, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-9 overall, while the Catamounts fall to 4-7 overall. Junior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) led the Crusaders with three goals and one assist for four points.
Senior Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) scored three goals and sophomore Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.) had one goal and two assists. McGeehin recorded two goals. Senior John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.), freshman A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) and freshman Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) each had one goal. The goals by Guarente and Morici were their first collegiate goals. Junior Brendan Candon (Long Beach, N.Y.) and sophomore Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) each had one assist.
Vermont was led by Andrew Kelleher who scored three goals and had two assists for five points, while Geoff Worley had three goals and one assist for four points.
With Vermont leading 1-0, Marchand tied the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal. Vermont then scored the last three goals of the first period and the first goal of the second period to move out to a 5-1 advantage. The Crusaders answered with a goal by Moran and a goal by Guarente off an assist by Moran to make it a 5-3 score. Vermont closed out the first half with a goal for a 6-3 lead.
Holy Cross started the third period with two straight goals to make it a one-goal contest. Marino scored off a pass by Moran and Minor scored off an assist by Candon. After Vermont increased its lead to 8-5, Marchand scored the first goal of the fourth period. With Vermont leading 9-6, McGeehin scored, but Vermont then scored to make the contest 10-7. The Crusaders then scored four unanswered goals starting with 3:12 left in the fourth period. Minor scored two goals, followed with a goal by Morici, while Marchand gave Holy Cross an 11-10 lead off a pass by McKenna with 39 seconds on the clock. But with 17 seconds left, Worley tied the contest at 11-11.
After a scoreless first overtime, McGeehin netted the game-winner off an assist by Minor in the second overtime. His goal was his first career game-winner.
Senior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 17 saves to earn the win, while Alex Plavner stopped 10 shots. Vermont took 48 shots and went 0-2 on man-up opportunities, while Holy Cross took 31 shots and went 0-2. The Crusaders picked up 30 ground balls and Vermont had 29.
The Crusaders will play their next two games at home, starting on April 11, when they play Marist at 1:00 p.m.