April 16, 2005

HC Edged Out By Lehigh

April 16, 2005

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Worcester, Mass. - After battling from a four goal deficit during the first quarter and tying the game 8-8, Holy Cross was unable to gain any advantage over Lehigh and was defeated 11-9, Saturday night on the Hart Astroturf Field in a Patriot League contest. Leading the Crusaders with a game-high six goals was sophomore Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.), while senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.) tallied a team-high three helpers.

The Mountain Hawks jumped to a four-goal lead in the first nine minutes of the game, with two tallies by Andrew Lucas and singles by Andrew Mastromonaco and Greg Morin. The Crusaders cut into Lehigh's lead with 6:04 left in the first quarter when LeBlanc scored his first of six goals on the night. He was assisted by junior Patrick McCurdy (Brightwaters, N.Y.).

Lehigh put the score at 5-1 when Blake Best scored his 15th tally of the season with help from Jim Gabal with 4:39 remaining in the quarter. Junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) posted his first of two goals a minute later with help from McKee, before David Walsh make the score 6-2, Lehigh. With nine seconds remaining in the quarter, LeBlanc brought Lehigh's lead down to three with his second goal of the night.

To open the second quarter, LeBlanc used a man-up opportunity to bring the Crusaders within two of tying the game just 1:32 into the stanza. Over 11 minutes would expire before the next goal was netted. Klotz scored his 21st tally of the season with help from senior Derek Lemley (Madison, Conn.) with 1:53 remaining. The Mountain Hawks rounded out the scoring with 29 seconds remaining to end the half 7-5 when Walsh netted his second of three goals.

Greg Morin scored Lehigh's only goal of the third quarter with help from Best just seven minutes into the stanza. The Crusaders answered with a marker with 1:03 remaining when LeBlanc posted his fourth goal on the night. McKee assisted on the play.

LeBlanc opened the fourth quarter much like he did the second, when he netted a man-up goal in the two minute mark of the stanza. Freshman Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.) was credited with the assist.

The Crusaders tied the game at eight-all a little over a minute later when junior John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored with help from senior Pat Hart (Wyckoff, N.J.).

The Mountain Hawks went on to score two more goals to take a 10-8 lead. With 6:30 left in the game, LeBlanc brought the Crusaders within one of tying the game again, but with 11 seconds remaining Lucas netted an insurance goal to seal the victory for Lehigh.

In the crease, junior Matt Fallon (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made 15 saves, as Lehigh's Eric Spirko halted six shots on goal for the win. The Crusaders killed off all four of Lehigh's extra-man opportunities and was converted three of six of their own.

Holy Cross (3-9, 1-3 PL) returns to the Hart Astroturf Field on Tuesday, April 19 for its last home-game of the season when it hosts Army at 7 p.m.