April 9, 2005

Holy Cross Holds Off Lafayette

April 9, 2005

Box Score

Easton, Pa. - Holy Cross jumped to an 8-1 third quarter lead, as six different players scored goals to defeat Lafayette, 11-5, Saturday afternoon in a Patriot League contest. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the conference, while the Leopards fall to 1-9 overall and have yet to post a league victory as they are 0-4.

Five different players netted two goals each for the Crusaders, including junior Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.), who added two assists for a total of four points. In the crease, junior Matt Fallon (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made 14 saves for his third victory of the season.

The Leopards scored first when Leo Stinson recorded his second goal of the year with 5:22 left in the first quarter. Holy Cross then bombarded Lafayette with eight back-to-back goals spanning into the third quarter.

Sophomore Mike Moriarty (Fairfield, Conn.) started the Crusaders' eight-goal run as he scored unassisted with 2:19 remaining in the first quarter. LeBlanc closed out the quarter when he scored with help from Moriarty with just 13 seconds left. To commence the second quarter Moriarty netted his 11th tally of the season and was assisted by senior Pat Hart (Wyckoff, N.J.). LeBlanc posted his 10th goal of the season with 4:20 on the clock before senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.) put the score at 5-1 heading into halftime.

Holy Cross continued its attack to begin the second half as junior John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted back-to-back goals. McKee and LeBlanc each added an assist on O'Sullivan's goals. Just seven seconds after O'Sullivan's pair of goals, junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) gave the Crusaders a seven-goal lead with 8:53 remaining in the quarter.

The Leopards attempted a comeback midway through the second half, as they netted four goals in a span of 6:44. McKee, however, scored for the Crusaders with just 19 seconds remaining in the third, then sophomore Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J.) and Klotz tacked on a pair of insurance goals in the fourth to smother Lafayette's rally.

Chris Rosa stopped seven shots on goal for the Leopards. Holy Cross killed off six of Lafayette's extra-man opportunities, while defender Edmond Yip (Providence, R.I.) picked up a team-high four ground balls.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 16 when they host conference rival Lehigh on the Astroturf Field at 7 p.m.