April 15, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Lehigh, 13-6, this afternoon in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-12 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks improve to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in league games. Seniors Patrick McCurdy (Brightwaters, N.Y), Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H), John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Charles Rogers (Providence, R.I.) each scored a goal, while juniors Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) and Grant Cowherd (Summit, N.J) also chipped in with a goal for the Crusaders. Lehigh was led by Richard Cornetta's three goals.
The Mountain Hawks scored the first two goals of the game before LeBlanc cut the deficit in half with 3:09 left in the first period with his eighth goal of the season. Alec Hoof gave Lehigh back its two goal lead with just 55 seconds left in the opening period as the Mountain Hawks took a 3-1 lead into the second period.
O'Sullivan's seventh goal of the year cut the lead to 3-2 just 1:25 into the period, but Lehigh would then go onto score six straight goals and take a 9-2 lead into the half.
Holy Cross came out fast in the third period with goals by McCurdy and Rogers. Rogers' goal made the score 9-4 with 11:24 left in the period and was his first of the season, while McCurdy's goal was his third. Lehigh closed out the period with three scores and a 12-4 lead.
Klotz scored his team-leading 16th goal of the year with 6:33 to go in the game and Cowherd netted his third goal of the season at 4:28. Lehigh's Matthew Diehl scored the last goal of the game with just 39 seconds left for the 13-6 final score.
Senior Matt Fallon (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made 13 saves as he played the entire game, while Lehigh's Eric Spirko (41:08) stopped eight shots and saw the majority of the action. Dusty Granet (10:00) made one save and John Park made two (8:52) for the Mountain Hawks.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, April 21, when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to face Patriot League opponent Army in the final league game of the season. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.