April 21, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) scored four goals and had one assist for five points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 12-9, this afternoon in non-conference action at Harvard Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-7 overall, while the Crimson improve to 4-6.
Freshman Edison Parzanese (Edgartown, Mass.) recorded four assists for the Crusaders. The other goal scorers for Holy Cross were freshman Chris Smirti (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) with two, while senior Tanner Fogarty (McMurray, Pa.), junior Tim Redmond (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore John Marino (Skaneateles, N.Y.) each had one.
After the Crimson took a 2-0 lead, LeBlanc and Fogarty each scored goals in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. The two teams then each scored a goal as Redmond scored with 1:29 in the period to tie the game at 3-3 going into the half.
To start off the third period each team netted a goal as LeBlanc tied the game at 4-4. Harvard would then go onto score four straight goals to take an 8-4 advantage. Smirti and Marino then scored the last goals of the third period to make it an 8-6 game going into the fourth. Harvard opened the fourth period with two goals, but then the Crusaders responded with three straight goals with two by LeBlanc and one by Smirti to make it a 10-9 score with only 1:25 remaining. Harvard then scored twice in the final 20 seconds for the 12-9 final score.
Holy Cross sophomore goalie Jimmy Harrison (East Williston, N.Y.) made 11 saves, while Harvard's Joe Pike stopped eight shots.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, April 25, when they travel to Hamden, Conn., to take on Quinnipiac at 4:00 p.m.