Holy Cross vs. Vmi
April 26, 2004
The Game Story:
Worcester, MA - The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team picked up its second straight win with a 12-8 defeat of the Virginia Military Academy on the Hart Astroturf field Monday afternoon in the rain. The Crusaders improve to 5-8 overall, while the Keydets fall to 0-11 overall. John O'Sullivan (Yorktown Heights, NY) led the Crusaders with three goals and two assists. Holy Cross posted eight first half goals to clinch the win.

O'Sullivan opened the scoring for Holy Cross, posting an unassisted goal 40 seconds into the game. Billy Klotz (Derry, NH) added a goal for the Crusaders one minute later. Tony Cavalero cut the Holy Cross lead back to one when he scored an unassisted goal with 11:02 remaining in the first quarter. Holy Cross added two unanswered goals before the end of the quarter, including a goal by Michael Moriarty (Fairfield, CT) at the buzzer.

Holy Cross added four more goals in the second quarter, but VMI stayed in the game and added two goals of its own. Paul LeBlanc (Lexington, MA) and Klotz each posted two goals in the second quarter. O' Sullivan picked up his third goal of the afternoon in the second quarter. Cavalero added two more goals for the Keydets to cut the Holy Cross lead to five at halftime.

Klotz came out strong for the Crusaders in the second half and netted his third goal of the game 40 seconds into the half. VMI responded with two unanswered goals of its own as Will Collier posted a goal with 10:19 remaining and David Trimble added another Keydet goal four minutes later. Moriarty scored his second goal of the game on a man-down situation with 5:18 left in the third quarter. Klotz added his fourth and final goal of the game a little over one minute later. Collier gave VMI another goal with 55 seconds remaining in the quarter, but LeBlanc responded with a goal for the Crusaders with 15 seconds remaining.

The only two goals of the fourth quarter came from the Keydets as they made a surge to comeback and take the win. Collier posted the final two goals for VMI, but the Crusaders came out on top with a 12-8 win.

Brian Hodgdon (Pittstown, NJ) collected 18 saves in net for the Crusaders, and VMI goaltenders Kelley Deneen and Dan Frank combined for nine saves for the Keydets.

Holy Cross hosts Harvard Saturday, May 1st in its final game of the season. Game time begins at 1:00 p.m. after recognizing the two senior Crusaders who will be playing in their last game for Holy Cross.