Crusaders Defeat Marist, 9-4
April 11, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) scored a career-best four goals, including his second straight game-winner, and had a career-best six points, as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Marist, 9-4, on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Turf Field in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders have won two in a row and improve to 3-9 overall, while the Red Foxes fall to 4-5. Sophomores Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.) and Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) each had three points, as Moran scored two goals and had one assist, while McKenna had one goal and two assists.
Sophomore Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored one goal and had one assist for two points, while senior Luke Marchand (Concord, Mass.) scored one goal and senior John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.) had one assist. Marist had four different goal scorers.
After Marist took a 2-0 lead, the Crusaders went on to score eight straight goals, with four in the first period, three in the second and one in the third. Holy Cross' first goal was scored by Moran off a pass by McGeehin with 7:07 left in the first period. The Crusaders then tied the game at 2-2 when McGeehin scored a man-up goal. The last two goals of the period were then scored by Moran off an assist by McKenna, while McGeehin scored off a pass by Flood. The Crusaders started off the second period by increasing their lead to 5-2 with a goal by McGeehin off an assist by McKenna. Holy Cross then closed out the half with a goal by Flood off a pass by McGeehin, while McGeehin scored off an assist by Moran.
The Crusaders made it an 8-2 contest when Marchand scored off a pass by Marino at the start of the third period. After Marist made it an 8-3 score with a goal by Paul Santavicca, McKenna found the back of the net for the Crusaders' last goal. With 53 seconds left in the fourth period, Ryan Sharkey scored for Marist for the 9-4 final score.
Senior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made nine saves and only allowed three goals for an outstanding .750 save percentage to earn the win. Ryan Penner stopped 11 shots for Marist. Junior John Rapport (Wyckoff, N.J.) picked up six ground balls. Holy Cross had 34 shots and went 1-2 on man-advantage opportunities, while Marist took 19 shots and went 0-2. The Crusaders picked up 24 ground balls and Marist had 21.
The Crusaders return to action on April 14, when they play Patriot League opponent Lehigh on Senior Day at 4:00 p.m.