No. 17 Army Marches Past Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. With the game tied at 5-5 with 9:09 left in the second quarter, the Black Knights then outscored the Crusaders by a 5-2 margin as Holy Cross fell to No. 17 Army, 10-7, on Saturday at Holy Cross Field in Patriot League action.

With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-12 overall and conclude the Patriot League season 1-5, while the Black Knights improve to 9-4 overall (4-2 Patriot League) and will next compete at the Patriot League Tournament on April 29.

Sophomore John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored three goals to lead the Crusaders, while junior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) tallied two goals. Sophomore Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) and freshman Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) each netted one goal, while junior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.), sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) and freshman John Daugherty (Stafford, Va.) each recorded one assist.

Junior A.J. Guarente (Gaithersburg, Md.) earned seven of 12 face-offs, while sophomore Tim Pond (Port Washington, N.Y.) won five of eight face-offs. Senior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) led all players with six ground balls and a career-best four caused turnovers.

Army was led by Garret Thul and Conor Hayes who each scored three goals.

The first half saw a lot of scoring as 12 of the 17 goals were netted in the first 30:00. After Morici gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead with 9:52 remaining in the first quarter, Thul tied the game at 1-1 just 1:10 later.

Hannan then scored two straight as the Crusaders gained a 3-1 advantage. Hannan netted an extra-man goal off a pass from Daugherty, while he then found the back of the net off a pass by McGeehin. With Holy Cross now leading by a 3-2 score, Smith recorded a goal with 3:09 left in the first quarter, but Hayes was then able to get on the scoreboard with 1:52 to go cutting the Crusader lead to 4-3.

The Black Knights earned their first lead of the contest when they scored the first two goals of the second quarter, but Gillespie tallied an extra-man goal off a pass from Kennedy to tie the game at 5-5 with 9:09 remaining in the second quarter. Army then scored the last two goals of the quarter to take a 7-5 lead to the half.

With the Crusaders now trailing 8-5, Morici scored his second goal of the game to make it an 8-6 contest with 9:44 left in the third quarter. The Black Knights recorded the first two goals of the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 10-6. Hannan scored his third goal of the contest with 8:23 left. But neither team would find the back of the net again for the 10-7 final score.

Sophomore goalie Mike Fisher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made six saves, while Tom Palesky also made six saves to earn the victory. The Black Knights outshot the Crusaders, 31-26, while the Crusaders won 12 of 21 face-offs. The Crusaders went 2-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Black Knights went 1-3. Army recorded 32 ground balls and the Crusaders secured 30.

The Crusaders will conclude the season on Tuesday, April 26, versus Marist on Holy Cross Field at 7:00 p.m.

Today was also Senior Day for the Crusaders as Broussard, Brandon DeLisio (Woodstock, N.Y.), Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.), Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.), Matt Moran (West Henrietta, N.Y.), Matt Petri (Morristown, N.J.), Anthony Quinn (Port Washington, N.Y.), Kyle Smith (Andover, Mass.) and Eamon Troy (Summit, N.J.) were honored before the game.

Broussard is a captain and has played in every game during his career. He earned 2010 second team All-New England and All-Patriot League accolades. He won the team's 2009 Martha Lemley Unsung Hero award. Broussard has recorded 195 career ground balls. He is majoring in Economics and Religious Studies.

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