Richmond Drops Back-and-Forth Battle to Holy Cross

RICHMOND -- In a game that featured five lead changes, Richmond freshman Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) tied his own school record with four goals, but the Spiders were edged in the late stages by Holy Cross 11-9 in lacrosse action at Robins Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

The win was the first for the Crusaders (1-4) this season, dropping the Spiders to 0-5 in the inaugural season of Division I lacrosse.

Goldberg found the net twice in the first five minutes before any other player in the opening period. He has scored at least a goal in every game this season, and has 13 to lead the squad. He is one goal behind Nick Mariano of UMass and Tucker Ciessau of Bellarmine for the national freshman goal-scoring lead.

The Crusaders answered with a goal before Spiders sophomore Cory Palmer (Atlanta, Ga.) scored on an assist from Goldberg for a 3-1 Richmond advantage at the midway point of the quarter. Holy Cross scored the last three goals of the period to take a 4-3 lead.

Richmond outscored the Crusaders 3-1 in the second for their third halftime lead of the season. J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) level the game at four with a score just 15 seconds into the period, while Goldberg scored Richmond's lone man-up goal of the game more than 10 minutes later. Goldberg then assisted on an Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.Y.) goal 15 seconds later. Holy Cross responded with its only goal of the period, with 32 seconds remaining in the half to pull to within one at 6-5.

Richmond held a 20-14 shots advantage at the half, and had only three turnovers to the Crusaders' 10.

Holy Cross turned the tide in the second half, with three more shots than the Spiders. The Crusaders found the back of the net twice to Richmond's lone goal, Goldberg's fourth, and the contest went into the fourth tied at seven.

Both teams scored in the first three minutes of the period, with a second Hatem goal forcing an eight-all tie, but the Crusaders reeled off the next three goals to take an 11-8 lead. Forester scored with 6:56 remaining in the game, and neither team could find the net past that point.

The Spiders outshot the Crusaders 33-30, but Holy Cross won 15 of the 24 faceoffs and collected six more ground balls than Richmond in the contest.

Palmer finished with a career-high three assists and four points in the contest. Sophomore Brad Burnam continued his streak of an assist in every game, dished out a pair for the Spiders. Hatem finished with two goals and an assist, and he has collected a point (at least one goal or assist) in all five Richmond contests this season. Goldberg's six points are a career-high total, and the most by a Spider this season.

The win went to Holy Cross goalie Michael Ortlieb (1-4), who made 13 saves.

The loss was charged to Richmond freshman netminder Conor Shannon (0-2). He made four saves.

Richmond will host Vermont Saturday down in Durham, N.C. as part of the King of Spring Classic, also benefitting the Ranger Lead the Way Fund. The contest will be at Durham County Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

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RICHMOND, Va. Junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) each tallied two goals and one assist for three points as Holy Cross defeated Richmond, 11-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Robins Stadium in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-4 overall, while the Spiders fall to 0-5 overall.

The Spiders took an early 2-0 lead as Mitchell Goldberg netted two goals. After a goal by sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) off an assist by junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J. ) made it a 2-1 contest, a goal by Cory Palmer gave the Spiders back their two-goal advantage with 8:19 left in the first quarter.

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