Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography

Crusaders Clinch Patriot League Tournament Bid With 12-11 Win Versus Colgate

Holy Cross Athletics   04-15-2017

THE BASICS:

Score: Holy Cross 12, Colgate 11

Records: Holy Cross (4-8, 4-3 Patriot League); Colgate (4-8, 2-5 Patriot League)

Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kuzniewski Field at the Luth Athletic Complex)

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time: 12:05 p.m.

The Lead: With the game tied at 11-11, senior Jack Ortlieb scored the game-winning goal with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team defeated Colgate, 12-11, in Patriot League action on Senior Day. With the victory, the Crusaders clinch a bid to the Patriot League Tournament.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

The Crusaders celebrate after clinching their second striaght bid to the PL Tournament (Photo by Mark Seliger)

  • The Crusaders’ four Patriot League victories this season are the most in program history. The Crusaders posted three Patriot League wins the past two seasons (2015 and 2016).
  • This will be the Crusaders second straight trip to the Patriot League Tournament. Last year, Holy Cross earned its first ever bid to the tournament.
  • Ortlieb now has two career game-winning goals. Both game-winning goals have clinched the two Patriot League Tournament bids for the program. Last year, he netted the game winner in the 11-7 victory versus Boston University on April 22 to secure the team’s first ever bid to the Patriot League Tournament.
  • The Crusaders have now won two straight versus the Raiders. The win is the third for the Crusaders over Colgate in program history as the Raiders lead the all-time series 25-3.
  • Sophomore Jack McKenna scored his first collegiate goal.
  • The hat trick for senior Sean Kirkpatrick is the fifth of his career. He leads the team with 23 goals.
  • Senior Jon Vogel now has 10 career hat tricks.
  • With his one goal and four assists for five points, senior Kevin Lux now has 105 career points with 63 goals and 42 assists.
  • The Crusaders (4-3) are tied with Boston University (4-3) for third place in the Patriot League standings. The Crusaders and the Terriers will play on April 21 at Boston University. Army West Point (6-1) is first and Loyola Maryland (5-2) is second. Navy (4-4) is fifth, while Lehigh (3-4) and Bucknell (3-4) are tied for sixth. Colgate (2-5) is eighth and Lafayette (1-6) is ninth. The top six teams qualify for the Patriot League Tournament. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, April 25. The No. 1 seed will host the semifinals and championship game on April 28 and April 30. Go here to view the standings.

VIDEO: POSTGAME WITH JACK ORTLIEB

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Senior Jack Ortlieb scored the game-winning goal (Photo by Mark Seliger)

  • The Crusaders outscored the Raiders by a 6-2 margin in the first quarter. Holy Cross scored the first three goals of the game to take a 3-0 lead as Kirkpatrick, McKenna and Vogel each found the back of the net.
  • After a goal by Duncan Hoskinson, goals by junior Henry Lilly, Lux and Kirkpatrick increased the Crusaders' lead to 6-1. Then with just 20 seconds left in the first quarter, Will Blumenberg cut the lead to 6-2.
  • Colgate netted the only two goals of the second quarter as the Crusaders took a 6-4 lead to the half.
  • After Nicky Petkevich, made it a 6-5 game, junior Matthew Fischetti and Vogel responded to increase the Crusader advantage to 8-5 with 8:18 remaining in the third quarter. Vogel’s goal was on an extra-man opportunity.
  • But the Raiders then answered with three consecutive goals to tie the contest at 8-8 with 5:40 remaining in the third.
  • With just 44 seconds left, freshman Sean Mullaney gave the Crusaders a 9-8 lead.
  • Sam Cleveland posted the first goal of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 9-9, but Vogel netted his third goal of the game and the second on an extra-man opportunity to give the Crusaders a 10-9 advantage.
  • But two goals by Colgate gave the Raiders their first lead of the game with 8:35 left.
  • Kirkpatrick posted the hat trick to tie the game at 11-11 with 5:31 remaining.
  • Then with 3:05 left, Ortlieb scored the game winner.
  • With 1:35 remaining, freshman goalie Jonathan Tesoro made a big save on a shot by Griffin Brown to prevent the Raiders from tying the game.
  • Then with just five seconds left, a shot by Peter Donato went wide as the Crusaders secured the 12-11 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Tesoro posted five saves to earn the victory, while Colgate goalkeeper Brandon Burke posted nine.
  • Holy Cross totaled 33 shots, while Colgate took 31.
  • The Crusaders picked up 32 ground balls and the Raiders tallied 30.
  • Holy Cross won 14 face-offs, while Colgate secured 13. Freshman Mike Martens won 14 of 26 face-offs he took.
  • The Crusaders went 2-4 on extra-man opportunities.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action when they will conclude the regular season at Turnpike Trophy rival Boston University on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m., at Nickerson Field.

SENIOR DAY

 

  • Before the game, the Crusaders honored their 11 seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program.
  • This year’s senior class has led the Crusaders to their most Patriot League wins during a four-year span in program history with 11 and the team’s first two Patriot League Tournament appearances. As sophomores this class contributed to the team earning their first two victories versus top 10 nationally ranked opponents with wins versus No. 8 Loyola Maryland and No. 9 Army West Point. The Crusaders were also ranked No. 19 in the country earning their first ever national ranking. Then as juniors, Holy Cross qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time ever.
  • Go here to read about how big of an impact the senior class has had on the program.
  • Tim O'Brien tallied his first collegiate point with an assist versus Lehigh as a freshman. He has also been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
  • Lux is the 23rd Crusader in program history to post 100 career points. He has 63 goals and 42 assists for 105 points. Throughout his career, he has been named the team’s Joseph M. Murphy Rookie of the Year, Patriot League Rookie of the Week and Crusader of the Week. He has also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll Accolades.
  • Marc Buermann has 89 career points with 65 goals and 24 assists. As a junior, he earned second team All-Patriot League Honors and won the team’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.
  • Ortlieb has 24 career points with 16 goals and eight assists. As a junior, he posted a career-high three goals including the game-winner in the victory over Boston University to secure the team’s first ever bid to the Patriot League Tournament.
  • Liam Driscoll has made a major impact on the team as a leader and as a coordinator of the team’s John’s Brothers program. As a junior, he received the team’s Martha Lemley Unsung Player Award and has also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades.
  • Brendan McGonigle is a 360 Leader in the prestigious Holy Cross Leadership Academy. He is also a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
  • Kirkpatrick leads the team with 23 goals this season. He has also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades.
  • Michael Urquhart has tallied 73 career ground balls. As a junior he won the Holy Cross Defensive Player of the Year award. He is also a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
  • Jack McGovern has started in all 55 games during his career. He was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman. He is also a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
  • Vogel has 77 career points with 65 goals and 12 assists. As a junior, he led the Patriot League and was 18th in the nation with 2.6 goals per game. He has also been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
  • Parker Greiwe has 77 career ground balls. As a junior he was first on the team and third in Holy Cross history with 26 caused turnovers. He has also been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

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