HANOVER, N.H. – Freshman Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) set the offensive pace for the Holy Cross men's soccer team, marking his first collegiate assist and second goal of the season as the Crusaders defeated Stony Brook, 3-0, in the Dartmouth Classic at Burnham Field in Hanover, N.H. With the decision, the Crusaders break in to the win column, going to 1-2 on the season, while the Seawolves move to a record of 1-4. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) broke out for one goal and one assist in the first half and one more assist in the second half to add to his team's effort.
Holy Cross' duo of O'Connell and Werth proved themselves lethal offensively throughout the game as Werth teamed up with O'Connell for his first goal of the season, coming at 22:00 and giving the Crusaders an early 1-0 nod. Two minutes later, senior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) connected for his first goal of the year, coming at 24:36 as he scored on a diving header from a right-side cross by Werth. Neither team found the back of the net for the rest of the first half as Holy Cross held a 2-0 advantage heading in to the locker room. At the end of the first 45 minutes, the Crusaders had out-shot the Seawolves 7-1.
O'Connell and Werth continued to shine as Holy Cross went up 3-0 at 55:35 on O'Connell's second goal of the season, assisted by Werth. This time, Werth set up a one-on-one opportunity with O'Connell and Stony Brook's goalie, Stefan Manz, as O'Connell knocked a low shot past him for the third and final goal of the game. Stony Brook would attempt five additional shots next to one last Holy Cross shot attempt from sophomore Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) over the final 35 minutes, but defense held strong as the Crusaders came away with the 3-0 victory.
Stony Brook ended up taking one more shot then the Crusaders, 11-10, but could not get one past sophomore goalie Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.), who earned the first shutout of his career. He made six saves in the win, while Seawolf goalie Manz made three saves. O'Connell finished with a team-high four shots taken and one goal and one assist. Holy Cross held the corners edge, 5-1, while each team had five fouls in the contest.
Holy Cross will now play San Diego in the second game of the Dartmouth Classic. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Burnham Field in Hanover, N.H.