Sacred Heart Scores Last Nine, Tops Holy Cross in OT

WORCESTER, Mass. With the Crusaders leading 11-3 with 12:01 left in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers scored eight straight goals to send the game to overtime and then Mike Mawdsley netted the game-winner as Holy Cross fell to Sacred Heart, 12-11, on Tuesday night at Holy Cross Field in non-conference action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-9 overall, while the Pioneers improve to 4-7 overall.

Freshman Kevin Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) scored a season-best four goals as he posted his second straight hat-trick, while sophomore Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied one goal and four assists for five points. Freshman Ben Williams (Prior Lake, Minn.) won 16 of 23 faceoffs and picked up 12 ground balls. Cody Marquis led the Pioneers with five goals.

After Lux gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead, the Pioneers then netted two straight to take a 2-1 advantage. The Crusaders responded by scoring six consecutive goals to move out to a 7-2 lead with 4:30 left in the second quarter as senior captain Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.), junior Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.), Wilkinson, Williams, junior captain Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) and Lux each netted a goal. With the score now 7-3 following a goal by Alex Dodge, Lux tallied his third goal of the contest as the Crusaders took an 8-3 lead to the half.

The Crusaders scored the only three goals of the third quarter to increase their advantage to 11-3. Lux, senior captain Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) and sophomore Joe Reilly (Garden City, N.Y.) each found the back of the net for the Crusaders. The Pioneers then outscored the Crusaders 8-0 in the fourth quarter including a goal by Marquis with 2:54 left to tie the game at 11-11.

With 12 seconds left McKenna fired a shot that went wide of the net and then Haarmann sent a shot wide of the goal with just four seconds left as the game went to overtime. With 2:02 remaining in overtime, Marquis sent a pass from the side of the goal to Mawdsley who fired a shot to the back of the net as the Pioneers scored nine straight goals to earn the victory.

Sophomore goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made seven saves. Ryan Hughes allowed 11 goals and made eight saves for the Pioneers, while Jon Flood played the fourth quarter and overtime as he kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard and made two saves. HC outshot SHU, 45-35, while the Crusaders secured 35 ground balls and the Pioneers posted 19. Holy Cross won 18 of 26 faceoffs, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on extra-man opportunities and the Pioneers went 1-3.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate at Andy Kerr Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Trailing 11-3 heading into the fourth quarter Tuesday night, Sacred Heart outscored the Holy Cross Crusaders 8-0 in the final period to force overtime. Senior Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) scored the game-winning goal with 2:02 to play in overtime, leading the Pioneers to a 12-11 win.

Holy Cross (3-9) scored first Tuesday night, as Sean Wilkinson found Kevin Lux for the opening tally at the 10:12 mark of the first quarter. Sacred Heart (4-7) tied the game 1-1 with 8:50 left in the first when Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.) ran right up the field and fired from 10 yards out. Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead at the 6:58 mark, dodging around the goal and scoring from close range. Holy Cross tied the 2-2 with 4:20 left in first on Kyle Kadlick's first goal of the season.

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