April 18, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to No. 17 Harvard, 11-4, on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium. Junior Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) scored all four goals. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-11 overall, while the Crimson improve to 6-5.
Harvard was led by Jeff Cohen who scored six goals.
After the Crimson took a 2-0 lead, Smirti scored with six seconds left in the first period to make it a 2-1 contest. Harvard then scored the only goal of the second period to increase the lead to 3-1.
The Crimson scored the first two goals of the third period to make the score 5-1. Smirti then scored two straight man-up goals as the Crusaders only trailed by two goals at 5-3 with 4:55 left in the third period. But Harvard then scored four goals to move out to a 9-3 lead. With 6:44 left in the fourth period, Smirti found the back of the net off a pass by sophomore Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.). But that would be Holy Cross' last goal of the contest, as the Crimson scored two goals for the 11-4 final score.
Senior goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 13 saves, while Joe Pike stopped 10 shots to earn the victory. Harvard outshot Holy Cross, 38-24, while the Crimson picked up 28 ground balls and went 0-1 on man-advantage opportunities, while the Crusaders had 11 ground balls and went 2-6.
The Crusaders return to action on April 22, for the season-finale at Bryant at 7:00 p.m.