Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Vermont, 8-5

Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Vermont, 8-5

BURLINGTON, VT With Holy Cross leading 5-4 after the third quarter, the Crusaders outscored the Catamounts 3-1 in the fourth as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team defeated Vermont, 8-5, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-4 overall, while the Catamounts fall to 3-6 overall. The Crusaders’ 5-4 record is their best after the first nine games of a season since 1987 when they were also 5-4.

The Catamounts’ Graham Horvath opened up the game with a goal 9:17 on the clock in the first quarter. Four minutes later Holy Cross’ senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) evened the score at one. Just over a minute after Hannan’s goal, Vermont’s Drew Philie brought the Catamounts ahead once again, 2-1. With 18 seconds left in the first quarter and 7:31 left in the second, sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) responded with back-to-back goals to bring the Crusaders ahead 3-2. The second Haarmann goal was assisted by sophomore Conor Shanahan (Potomac, Md.). In under four minutes the two teams collectively scored three goals. Vermont first tied the score, then senior Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) and senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) brought the Crusaders ahead 5-3 to end the half.

The lone goal of the third quarter came from Vermont’s Augie Remien to bring the game within one goal. The Crusaders came out in the fourth quarter with another Kennedy goal assisted by Shanahan again. With 2:44 on the clock, Shanahan scored a goal assisted by Haarmann to make the score 7-4. Twenty-eight seconds later, Remien netted his second goal of the half. With 1:33 left in the game, Kennedy secured the 8-5 Crusader victory with his second hat trick of the season and 10th of his career.

The Crusaders outshot the Catamounts 36-30 while both Holy Cross freshman goalie Chris Cousin (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Vermont goalie Justin Rosenberg posted 13 saves each. The Crusaders went 21-23 on their clears, while the Catamounts went 18-22. Neither team scored on an extra-man opportunity, both going 0-4 on their attempts. The Crusaders won nine of 16 face-offs.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, March 30, when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Patriot League opponent No. 7 Bucknell at 1:00 p.m.

 Holy Cross Holds off Men’s Lacrosse for 8-5 Victory

BURLINGTON, Vt. – James Kennedy and Clay Haarmann combined for five goals, and the Crusaders defense held off Vermont in the final period to help Holy Cross to an 8-5 victory over Vermont in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon from Virtue Field. Holy Cross improves to 5-4 after the win, while Vermont drops to 3-6.

Graham Horvath opened the first period scoring with a goal off an assist from A.J. Masson to give the Catamounts an early lead. After John Hannan tallied a score for the Crusaders, Drew Philie answered back with his first score of the contest to put the Catamounts back on top, 2-1.

Haarmann netted the final goal of the first period for Holy Cross with 18 seconds remaining to even things up, 2-2, heading into the second

Both defenses held each other scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second frame before Haarmann tallied another goal to give Holy Cross its first lead of the game, 3-2. That lead didn’t last long, as Horvath scored his second goal of the game to even the score back up with 3:41 left in the half.

Matt Ward and Kennedy netted a goal each in the final 2:27 of the half to give the Crusaders a 5-3 advantage at the end of two periods.

Augie Remien tallied the lone goal of the third frame with 6:18 showing on the clock to cut Vermont’s deficit to 5-4. Justin Rosenberg and Chris Cousin combined to make nine saves in the period to keep the other team scoreless for the rest of the stanza.

With Holy Cross leading 7-4 after two goals to open the fourth frame, Remien netted another goal with 2:16 remaining to pull Vermont back within two goals.

Kennedy added an insurance goal for the Crusaders, and their defense held off Vermont in the final two minutes to earn the 8-5 victory and collect their fifth win of the season.

The Catamounts held an edge in ground balls (31-30) in the contest, but Holy Cross outshot Vermont 36-30 and held a 9-7 advantage in the draw circle.

Horvath and Remien led the way for the Catamounts with two goals apiece, and Masson chipped in with a game-high two assists.

Chris Cousin made his first career start in net for Holy Cross and earned the win after making 13 saves. Justin Rosenberg took the loss for Vermont despite stopping 13 shots.

Vermont opens America East play on Saturday (Mar 30) when they host the Stony Brook Seawolves at 1 p.m. Live video from Virtue Field can be seen for free via UVMathletics.com by clicking here.

Photo courtesy Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke