WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) scored three goals and freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 14 saves as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team defeated Dartmouth, 11-10, at Holy Cross Field on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action in the season-finale for the Crusaders. With the win, the Crusaders conclude the season 7-8 overall, while the Big Green fall to 3-10 overall. The seven wins are the most for the Crusaders since going 8-7 in 1988. This was also the second win for the Crusaders versus Dartmouth as Holy Cross is now 2-30 all-time versus the Big Green.
The Crusaders took an early 2-0 lead as senior Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) each found the back of the net. After an extra-man goal by Chris Costabile put the Big Green on the scoreboard, Haarmann gave the Crusaders a 3-1 advantage with a goal off a pass from sophomore Conor Shanahan (Potomac, Md.). After McKenna posted the first goal of the second quarter off a pass by Haarmann, J.P. Garry cut the lead to 4-2 with 2:58 remaining. Just 37 seconds later, senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) gave the Crusaders back their three-goal lead, but Brendan Rotanz closed out the first half scoring a goal as the Crusaders took a 5-3 lead to the half.
The Big Green tied the game at 5-5 by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter. The Crusaders then answered by netting five consecutive goals to move out to a 10-5 lead. McKenna scored twice during this stretch, while Shanahan, sophomore Jimmy O’Brien (Loudonville, N.Y.) and Kennedy each scored once. O’Brien’s goal was the first of his collegiate career. After Dartmouth tallied the first three goals of the fourth quarter to make it a 10-8 contest with 3:31 left, Kennedy scored his team-best fourth game-winner of the season and the sixth of his career when he found the back of the net off a pass from Ward with 3:20 remaining. Two goals by Rotanz made it an 11-10 game with 34 seconds remaining, but a face-off win by senior Tim Pond (Port Washington, N.Y.) and a ground ball by McKenna clinched the victory for the Crusaders.
Ortlieb tallied a .583 save percentage to earn the win, while Bernie Susskind made 11 saves for the Big Green. Holy Cross outshot Dartmouth, 41-31, while the Big Green secured 34 ground balls and the Crusaders posted 32.