|Worcester, MA - Lafayette junior goaltender Michael Koch stopped 17 shots, including eight in the second half to help the Leopards to a 6-3 win over Holy Cross in men's lacrosse action at the Hart Center. The win improves the Leopards record to 2-11, 1-5 in Patriot League play while the loss drops the Crusaders to 3-7, 0-6 in conference action.
Holy Cross freshman Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, Mass.) opened the scoring with 6:54 left in the first quarter. The Leopards responded, however, 1:48 later when Trevor Ortolano ripped a shot into the Crusaders' goal to knot the score at one. Lafayette then took a 2-1 lead with 41 seconds left in the opening quarter when Drew Weisman scored an unassisted tally.
HC tied the score at two early in the second quarter when freshman Michael Moriarty (Fairfield, Ct.) scored the first of his two goals. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, Lafayette freshman Bart Seifert gave the Leopards a lead, which they would never relinquish with 51 seconds left before halftime. Seifert's goal, his first of two for the game, was assisted by senior Robert McLean .
The second half proved to be the Koch show for Lafayette, as he held Holy Cross to just one goal over the final 30 minutes of play. Freshman Brendan Heck and Seifert scored back-to-back goals to give the Leopards a 5-2 lead with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Moriarty's second goal of the contest brought HC to within two goals, but that was as close as it would get for the rest of the game.
The Crusaders hit the post three times in the fourth quarter, but could not slip one past Koch. Lafayette iced the game with 2:40 left, when McLean took a feed from Ortolano, and fired one past HC goaltender Brian Hodgdon (Pittstown, N.J.).
Hodgdon finished with 15 saves on the afternoon for the Crusaders, who will next be in action on Sunday, when they travel to Annapolis, MD to take on Navy.