Crusaders Fall In OT, 14-13

April 27, 2005

Box Score

Fairfield, Conn. - The Crusaders rallied with five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game 13-13 and send it into overtime, before Sacred Heart netted the game-winner with 1:31 remaining in the extra stanza for a final score of 14-13. Leading the Crusaders were junior Billy Klotz (Derry, N.H.) and senior Mike McKee (Sloatsburg, N.Y.), who each registered five points. Klotz scored a game-high five goals, while McKee posted five assists.

Sacred Heart opened with the game with a goal with 8:28 left in the first quarter, but Holy Cross responded with a goal 41 seconds later when junior John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) scored his 20th goal of the season with help from McKee. The Pioneers took the lead again immediately after the face-off when Tony Tanzi scored unassisted.

After a third goal by Sacred Heart, Holy Cross went on to post four straight goals, three in the second quarter and one to open the third, to take a 5-3 lead. Klotz scored the Crusaders' three goals in the second quarter, while freshman Toby Banta (Melrose, Mass.) netted his third career-goal in the third quarter.

The Pioneers dropped Holy Cross' lead to one with 10:19 left in the third. The Crusaders then regained their two-goal lead nine seconds later as senior Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) scored with help from junior Rudy Anderson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). With 9:23 left in the stanza, Sacred Heart's Rory Morse put the score at 6-5, HC.

Junior Patrick McCurdy (Brightwaters, N.Y.) posted this first goal of the season, followed by a tally from sophomore Kyle Gwyn-Williams to give Holy Cross a three-goal lead with 4:59 left in the third.

Sacred Heart went on to post eight straight goals to take a 13-8 lead with 6:02 remaining in the fourth. Holy Cross answered with five consecutive goals, including two each by Klotz and O'Sullivan and one by Anderson, which was his first of the season.

With 1:31 left in overtime Tanzi netted the game-winner, for an overtime victory of 14-13, Sacred Heart.

Holy Cross killed six of Sacred Heart's (5-8) man-up opportunities, while converting only one of their own. In the crease junior Matt Fallon (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made 12 saves before giving way to sophomore David Vafek (Michalovce, Slovakia), who made one save in the fourth quarter. Thomas Hind halted nine shots on goal for the win.

The Crusaders conclude the 2005 season with an overall record of 3-11 and 1-4 in the Patriot League.