Hobart vs. Holy Cross
March 1, 2003
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y.- The 25th-ranked Hobart College lacrosse team notched its first Patriot League win of the season with a 15-4 victory over visiting Holy Cross this afternoon. The Statesmen were led by the five-point efforts of senior midfielder Kris Shore (Liverpool/Liverpool, N.Y.) and junior attackman Dan Cesere (Holderness School/Concord, N.H.).

Hobart (2-0, 1-0 PL) charged out to an 8-0 halftime lead, with Shore netting the first and last tallies of the half. He finished with two goals and three assists. The other six first half scores came off the sticks of six different Statesmen.

Senior goalie Mike Borsz (West Genesee/Camillus, N.Y.) breezed through the first 30 minutes, turning away all four shots he faced to earn the win. After the break, sophomore Dan Valente (Mt. Hebron/Ellicott City, Md.) and first-year Mike DeSantis (Mountain Lakes/Mountain Lakes, N.J.) made five stops each, while both allowed a pair of goals.

The Crusaders (0-2, 0-1 PL) finally broke through Hobart^s stifling defense 1:49 into the third quarter when senior attackman Mark Tarnuzzer (Avon Old Farms/West Hartford, Conn.) scored an extra-man goal. He led Holy Cross with two goals (both man-up) and an assist.

Hobart responded with the next three goals to take a comfortable 10-goal lead into the fourth quarter. First-year attackman Mike Conklin (West Genesee/Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded the first two to complete his first collegiate hat trick, while Cesere closed out the run. Cesere finished with three goals and two assists.

The Statesmen outshot Holy Cross 55-31, and held a 43-37 advantage on ground balls. Hobart converted 3-of-8 extra-man opportunities, while the Crusaders were just 2-of-10. Sophomore midfielder Blake Reardon (Bridgton Academy/St. Michael, Minn.) won 7-of-9 faceoffs to lead the Statesmen to a 12-9 advantage in that category.

Junior Brian Hodgdon (North Hunterdon/Pittstown, N.J.) made 24 stops in goal for Holy Cross.

The Statesmen return to action on March 11, in San Antonio, where they^ll tangle with Georgetown. Faceoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CST (5:30 p.m. EST), at the Texas Military Institute^s Fondren Stadium.