Men's Lacrosse Falls to Vermont in Home Opener
WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite outshooting the University of Vermont in Saturday’s home opener, the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to the Catamounts, 15-3, at Kuzniewski Field.
The Crusaders (0-2) opened the contest with a goal from Logan LeBlond less than 90 seconds into the first quarter before a five-goal spurt from Vermont (4-0) brought the stanza down to the final seconds. Freshman attack Rowan Hart snapped the stretch with three ticks to go to send the teams into the second with a 5-2 margin.
The second quarter opened with even play between the sides, before sophomore Sean Mullaney cut Vermont’s lead down to just two, 5-3, with 7:07 left on the clock. The goal, assisted by Justin Lynskey, would stand as the final Crusader tally, though, as the Catamounts responded with 10 unanswered goals through the final whistle.
HOW HOLY CROSS SCORED
- HC 1, UVM 0 | LeBlond bounced a low shot from the right side past Vermont goalie Nick Washuta with 13:34 still to play in the first to give the Crusaders their only lead of the contest.
- HC 2, UVM 5 | From the right post, Hart took a diagonal pass across the box from LeBlond and found real estate behind Washuta with 3.4 ticks left in the first-quarter clock.
- HC 3, UVM 5 | A lateral pass at the top of the box from Lynskey to Mullaney set the sophomore up for Holy Cross’ final tally of the afternoon.
INSIDE THE CATAMOUNT SCORING
- Eight different players registered goals while 10 recorded at least one point for Vermont.
- Braiden Davis and Rob Hudson led the visitors, each recording a hat trick.
- Davis scored the only man-up goal of the day less than a minute into the fourth quarter, as the teams combined to go 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Despite the loss, Holy Cross outshot Vermont, 30-25, thanks to a 13-6 margin in the opening 15 minutes.
- Sophomore Dan O’Connell was a bright spot for the Crusaders at the X, going 12-for-19 with six ground balls.
- Defensively, junior Matt Farrell looked strong, recorded a game-high eight ground ball while forcing a team-best four caused turnovers.
- Holy Cross used three different goalies in the affair, with Jonathan Tesoro making three saves and Peter Dobbs recording one. Tim Fisher also saw 18 minutes of action.
- LeBlond fired a game-high eight shots, with five going on target.
- Vermont edged Holy Cross in ground balls, 31-28, and got eight saves from a pair of goalies (Washuta, 7; Ryan Cornell, 1).
- The Crusaders hit the road for the next two, taking on Harvard Tuesday at 4 p.m. before opening Patriot League play with a bout against Lehigh Feb. 24 (1 p.m.).