Army Tops Holy Cross, Earns Patriot Regular Season Title

Thul scored his fifth tally of the day with a strong move on the Crusader crease with 2:04 on the clock as Army opened a five-goal edge, 11-6, before Holy Cross finished the quarter with a score by sophomore attackman Colin McGeehin at 1:33 to make it a 11-7 Army lead after three periods.

The two teams traded five goals to finish the game. Parzanese scored from close range at 9:28, before Army sophomore midfielder Devon Lynch scored on a 10-yard shot at 6:53. Holy Cross sophomore midfielder A.J. Guarente found the net at 6:37, before Army senior attackman Jeremy Boltus logged his first goal of the day at 3:54 off a Lynch feed to put the game out of reach. HC senior midfielder Kenny Minor wrapped up the scoring with a man-up tally with 30 seconds left for the game's final goal.

Army junior goaltender Tom Palesky stopped 10 Crusader shots for his eighth double-digit save effort of the season.

"While our senior class has certainly made an impact on the field the last four years, but their bigger impact has been what they have done for us in the locker room," continued Alberici. "When you are 1-4, you count on your seniors to show the way and they certainly did. I'm very happy for them and the way we finished the regular season, but now we'll close this chapter and move on to the next one."

BLACK KNIGHT NOTES

Army improved to 20-0 all-time against Holy Cross ... the Black Knights honored their eight members of the Class of 2010 before the game. Manager Rob Dougherty, along with senior captains Alex Gephart and Andrew Maisano and Joe Conroy, Sam Harrison, Tyler Oates, Matt Poulos and Tyler Seymour were all recognized on the field in a pre-game ceremony.

Freshman attackman Garrett Thul's five goals marked the fifth time this season he has scored at least four goals in a game ... he entered the week tied for fourth in the Patriot League with 2.27 goals per game ... sophomore midfielder Derek Sipperly won a career-high 12 faceoffs in 21 total trips to the "x" ... sophomore midfielder Sean O'Sullivan logged his second hat trick of the season, after also scoring four goals in the 11-8 win over Rutgers (Mar. 20).

Army finished the regular season 6-1 when leading at halftime and 7-0 when leading after the fourth quarter ... Michie Stadium will be the site of the Patriot League Tournament for the second time in the last three years ... the host the Black Knights were also the top seed for the Patriot League Tournament in 2008, falling to fourth-seeded Bucknell, 8-7 ... senior Tyler Oates led the Black Knights onto the field before the game, carrying the American Flag ... four members of the Black Knight Parachute Team jumped into Michie Stadium and delivered the game ball.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Garrett Thul recorded five goals and six points for the Black Knights as the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team fell to Army, 13-10, in Patriot League action in the Crusaders' season finale on Saturday at Michie Stadium. With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season 5-10 overall (1-5 Patriot League), while the Black Knights improve to 8-5 overall (6-0 Patriot League) and will host the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 1 seed on April 30 and May 2.

“It was a beautiful day and we played very hard,” said Holy Cross head coach Adam Pascal. “It was an emotional last game for the seniors and finale for the team. This was a very hard working close knit team who accomplished things not done before at Holy Cross. We took steps forward this year for the program and the dedication of this group impressed me all year.”

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2010-04-24



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