Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Vermont, 8-5
BURLINGTON, Vt. – With Holy Cross leading 5-4 after the third quarter, the Crusaders outscored the Catamounts 3-1 in the fourth as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 8-5, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-4 overall, while the Catamounts fall to 3-6 overall. The Crusaders' 5-4 record is their best after the first nine games of a season since 1987 when they were also 5-4.
The Catamounts' Graham Horvath opened up the game with a goal 9:17 on the clock in the first quarter. Four minutes later Holy Cross' senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) evened the score at one. Just over a minute after Hannan's goal, Vermont's Drew Philie brought the Catamounts ahead once again, 2-1. With 18 seconds left in the first quarter and 7:31 left in the second, sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) responded with back-to-back goals to bring the Crusaders ahead 3-2. The second Haarmann goal was assisted by sophomore Conor Shanahan (Potomac, Md.). In under four minutes the two teams collectively scored three goals. Vermont first tied the score, then senior Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) and senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) brought the Crusaders ahead 5-3 to end the half.
The lone goal of the third quarter came from Vermont's Augie Remien to bring the game within one goal. The Crusaders came out in the fourth quarter with another Kennedy goal assisted by Shanahan again. With 2:44 on the clock, Shanahan scored a goal assisted by Haarmann to make the score 7-4. Twenty-eight seconds later, Remien netted his second goal of the half. With 1:33 left in the game, Kennedy secured the 8-5 Crusader victory with his second hat trick of the season and 10th of his career.
The Crusaders outshot the Catamounts 36-30 while both Holy Cross freshman goalie Chris Cousin (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Vermont goalie Justin Rosenberg posted 13 saves each. The Crusaders went 21-23 on their clears, while the Catamounts went 18-22. Neither team scored on an extra-man opportunity, both going 0-4 on their attempts. The Crusaders won nine of 16 face-offs.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 30, when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Patriot League opponent No. 7 Bucknell at 1:00 p.m.