Men’s Lacrosse Defeated By Harvard, 16-12

Clay Haarmann

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) tallied seven goals and one assist for eight points, but the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Harvard, 16-12, on Tuesday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Crimson improve to 1-1 overall. Haarmann's seven goals are tied for fourth all-time for a game in program history.

The Crimson netted the first six goals of the contest before Haarmann found the back of the net for the Crusaders with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. Haarmann then started the second quarter with a goal off a pass from senior James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) to make the score, 6-2. After Harvard scored two consecutive goals, Haarmann tallied his third career hat-trick and his second this season. After Peter Schwartz increased the Crimson lead to 9-3 with 5:42 remaining in the second quarter, the Crusaders scored four straight goals to close out the half trailing 9-7. Senior Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) scored once, Haarmann found the back of the net twice and sophomore Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) scored once.    

McKenna made it a one-goal contest with 11:31 left in the third quarter with his second straight goal and the team's fifth consecutive goal. But, the Crimson answered with two straight goals to move out to an 11-8 advantage. After a goal by Gillespie, Harvard netted three goals to increase the lead to 14-9 with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter. Gillespie then scored his third goal of the contest for his first career hat-trick. After a goal by Devin Dwyer made it a 15-10 game, Haarmann netted two straight to cut the lead to 15-12 with 6:04 left in the fourth quarter. But, a goal by Daniel Eipp gave the Crimson the 16-12 win.     

Junior Kenny O'Connor (Latham, N.Y.) made two saves and allowed eight goals as he played 19:11, while freshman Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made his collegiate debut as he played 40:49, and posted nine saves and allowed eight goals. Harry Krieger made 11 saves for the Crimson. Holy Cross outshot Harvard, 39-32, while the Crimson posted 29 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 21. The Crimson won 21 of 33 face-offs.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 2, when they travel to Fairfield, Conn., to take on Sacred Heart at 3:00 p.m.