April 8, 2006

Lafayette Tops Holy Cross

April 8, 2006

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals in the final two periods to battle back from a 7-1 deficit and tie the game with 4:30 remaining, but could not hold on as Lafayette took an 8-7 decision on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf. The seven goals were a season-high for Holy Cross, which falls to 0-10 overall (0-4 Patriot League), while the Leopards improve to 2-7 (1-3 Patriot League).

The Holy Cross offense was led by Tanner Fogarty's two goals, while Billy Klotz, Luke Marchand, Toby Banta, Grant Cowherd and Mike Moriarty all added single scores.

Holy Cross jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Banta beat Lafayette goalie Jeff Canfield six minutes into the game. The Leopards then went on a seven-goal scoring barrage to take a commanding 7-1 lead three minutes into the third period. Lafayette scored twice in the first - both John Galassi tallies - and three times in the second - thanks to a Sean Burek hat trick - for a 5-1 lead at the break. The Leopards added two more goals early in the third for the six goal advantage.

But the Crusaders fought back and chipped away at the lead with two scores to close out the third period to get within four (7-3). Fogarty scored his first goal of the day with 3:49 on the clock and Marchand came up with an unassisted goal with just 52 seconds left in the period.

Holy Cross continued its comeback with four consecutive goals in the final period to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:30 on the clock. Fogarty, Klotz, Cowherd and Moriarty all lit up the scoreboard in a span of five minutes and 13 seconds to swing the game's momentum to the home team.

The next three minutes were defensive minded for both squads until Andrew Horton collected a Galassi pass and broke through for the Leopards for the winning score with just 77 seconds remaining in the game.

Lafayette outshot Holy Cross, 30-19 on the day.

Canfield made five saves in net for the Leopards, while Matt Fallon and Jimmy Harrison combined to make 13 saves for the Crusaders. Harrison played the final 40:14 of the game and had 10 saves of his own.

Holy Cross will host Bellarmine on Wednesday, April 12, in a 7:00 p.m. game. It will be Senior Day for the Crusaders, as the team's eight seniors will be recognized beforehand.