Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Army, 14-5

WORCESTER, Mass. – John Glesener posted three goals and two assists for five points for the Black Knights as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team fell to Army, 14-5, at Holy Cross Field on Saturday evening in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-8 overall (2-4 PL), while the Black Knights improve to 8-4 overall (4-2 PL) and clinch a bid to the Patriot League Tournament.

After Army took a 2-0 lead with a goal each by Brendan Buckley and Will Mazzone, sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) scored an extra-man goal off a pass by sophomore Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) to make it a 2-1 contest with 7:58 left in the first quarter. But Army answered by netting six straight goals to take an 8-1 lead to the half.

After McKenna scored the first goal of the third quarter off a pass from senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.), the Black Knights responded with three consecutive goals to move out to a 11-2 advantage with 2:59 remaining in the quarter. McKenna then posted his second goal of the game to close out the quarter. After Army netted the first three goals of the fourth quarter, Hannan found the back of the net on an extra-man opportunity off a pass by senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.), while Gillespie then scored the last goal of the game for the 14-5 final score.

Freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 11 saves, while Sam Somers posted 10 saves and allowed four goals for a .714 save percentage to earn the win. Army outshot Holy Cross, 35-33, while the Black Knights secured 36 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 25. Army won 15 of 23 face-offs, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Black Knights went 1-4.

The Crusaders return to action when they conclude the season on Tuesday, April 23, at Holy Cross Field versus non-conference opponent Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m. Go here to watch the game: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/holycross.portal#.

Before the game, the team’s seven seniors, Jack Curran (Verona, N.J.), Gillespie, Hannan, captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), Tim Pond (Port Washington, N.Y.), captain Daniel Schmader (Radnor, Pa.) and Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) were honored for their hard work and dedication to the team on and off the field.

Curran has played in 35 career games. He has two goals this season. In his career he has scored three goals and tallied two assists for five points. His 10 ground balls this season are a career high and he has scooped up 23 in his career. Curran has nine career caused turnovers. He is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

Gillespie has played in 55 games and made 30 starts in his career. This season, he has hit his career high in goals, assists and points, scoring 11 goals and tallying nine assists for 20 points. In his career he has scored 18 goals and made 15 assists for 33 points. He was a member of the Holy Cross leadership academy as a junior.

Hannan has played in all 59 games and has made 41 starts in his career. This season he ranks second on the team in goals with 23 and is third with his 26 points. In his career he has scored 82 goals and tallied 10 assists for 92 career points. He was named the team’s offensive player of the year in 2011 as a sophomore.

Kennedy leads the team in scoring with 36 points. He has scored 20 goals and tallied a team-best 16 assists this season. Kennedy has recorded 84 goals and 55 assists for 139 points in his 59 career games. His 139 points are ranked ninth all-time in program history, while his 84 goals are 10th all-time. He was the team’s rookie of the year as a freshman and received Patriot League rookie of the week honors. As a junior he was the team’s Offensive Player of the Year, and was named the Division I Nike National Player of the week, the New England Player of the week, and the Patriot League Offensive player of the week in the same week of the season. He received Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week accolades this season. He is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

Pond has taken the majority of the team’s face-offs this season. He has played in 47 games and has taken 366 face-offs in his career. His 19 ground balls this season are a career high. He made the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a junior in 2012.

Schmader has started in all 14 of the season’s games and has tied his career high nine ground balls. He has played in 41 games and caused 13 turnovers in his career. He was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012.

Ward leads the team in caused turnovers this season with 27. For his career he has 135 ground balls and 67 caused turnovers. He is second on the team with 42 ground balls this season.  His 135 career ground balls are seventh all-time on the program’s career list. He has scored six goals and posted three assists for nine points in his 54 career games.