Holy Cross Outduels Bryant to Claim Victory

WORCESTER, Mass. Senior Kenny Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) scored three goals including the eventual game-winner as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team defeated Bryant, 7-6, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at the new Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders have won two straight and three of their last four as they improve to 5-9 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 8-5 overall. This was also the last home game of the season for Holy Cross.

"It was a beautiful night on Holy Cross Field for the seniors to win their last home game of their careers," said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. "However, this was a total team effort for the victory. I was most impressed by the resilience of our players and their desire to get the win. We are now really looking forward to playing at Army and to continue to do our best."

Minor has recorded at least one point in all 14 games this season as his career-best 22 goals lead the team. Sophomore Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) netted two goals, while junior Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and sophomore Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) each posted one goal. Junior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) recorded one assist and also picked up six ground balls to lead all players. Bryant was led Travis Harrington who scored two goals.

The Crusaders dominated the first quarter as they outscored the Bulldogs 4-0, outshot Bryant 8-4 and had a 6-2 advantage in ground balls. McGeehin scored the first goal, followed by Morici and Minor. McGeehin then recorded his second goal of the game with 1:47 left in the quarter. But Bryant then answered in the second quarter by outscoring the Crusaders by a 4-0 margin to send the game tied at 4-4 to the half.

Minor and McKenna gave Holy Cross a 6-4 lead in the third quarter. Broussard assisted on McKenna's goal. With 3:37 remaining in the quarter the Bulldogs made it a 6-5 contest. Minor then scored his team-best second game-winning goal of the season to increase the lead to 7-5 with 12:47 left in the fourth quarter. Peter McMahon cut the lead to 7-6 with a goal with just 2:30 left.

Bryant then won the face-off, but Holy Cross senior goalie Connor Sweeney (South Salem, N.Y.) made a big save to keep Bryant from tying the game. After a turnover by Holy Cross, Bryant sent two shots wide of the net as the Crusaders earned possession of the ball on the second shot. Holy Cross then was able to secure the ball the rest of the way for the victory.

Sweeney made 10 saves to earn the win, while Jameson Love stopped eight shots for Bryant. Each team took 29 shots, while Holy Cross picked up 23 ground balls and Bryant secured 19.

The Crusaders conclude the season on Saturday, April 24, when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to play Patriot League opponent Army at Michie Stadium at 12:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Turnovers would prove costly for the Bryant University men's lacrosse team Tuesday night on the road, as the Bulldogs pulled within one but never gained a lead against Holy Cross, eventually falling, 7-6.

Kenny Minor would record a hat trick to lead the Crusaders (5-9), while sophomore Travis Harrington (Vestal, N.Y.) paced the Bulldogs (8-5) with a pair of tallies in the outing.

The home side owned the opening quarter and the Bulldogs couldn't muster much of a fight through the first 15 minutes, as Holy Cross opened up a 4-0 advantage on a quartet of unassisted tallies. But the Bulldogs would return the favor in second.

Harrington got the Black and Gold on the board with 10:06 to play with an unassisted tally that came after the sophomore sold a fake in front of the net to get Holy Cross goalie Connor Sweeney off balance and open up free territory beyond the goal line.

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2010-04-21



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