Lafayette vs. Holy Cross
April 7, 2007
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - Bursts of snow flurries drifted down in early April, but it did not stop the Lafayette and Holy Cross men's lacrosse teams from facing-off at Rappolt Field on Saturday afternoon in the second game of a women's and men's lacrosse doubleheader. Unfortunately for Lafayette, Holy Cross went home with a 16-11 Patriot League win over the Leopards.

Lafayette's 11 goals, including three apiece from freshman Matt Mersky and sophomore John Galassi, marked the team's second best scoring output this season. Lafayette's top offensive game came in a 16-4 triumph over Wagner on March 10 in Staten Island, N.Y.

Holy Cross surged forward to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. The Leopards, however, more than got their offense clicking in the second quarter with a nine-goal effort before tying the score at 9-9 just before the break.

Mersky and sophomore middy Joe Howard scored back-to-back unassisted goals to open the second frame, while Lafayette owned six of the first eight goals overall in the quarter to even the score at 6-all with exactly four minutes to go in the half. Galassi scored twice (7:34, 4:00), while freshman midfielder Steve Serling (6:32) and senior midfielder Sean Burek (5:03) also beat Holy Cross keeper Jimmy Harrison during the run.

Holy Cross went back up by two over the next two minutes, but Lafayette went on to score three of the final four goals of the half to tie things up yet again (9-9) at halftime. Serling found Burek for the score at 1:51, pumping more blood into the Leopards' attack. Exactly one minute later, sophomore attack Porter Curran deposited a ball to Howard for fourth goal of the season. Holy Cross' Paul LeBlanc found the net with 28 seconds to go, but Mersky's score with 10 seconds remaining steered the momentum Lafayette's way at the half.

Unfortunately for the Leopards, their hot streak cooled off in the second half, as the team managed just two goals in the third period and gave up the only three goals of the fourth period to Holy Cross. Mersky completed his second hat trick of the season with 4:54 left in the third, while Serling hit Galassi for what would be the Leopards' final goal of the day with just five seconds remaining.

Mersky led the way with three goals and an assist for four points. Galassi's hat trick was his first of the year, while Serling (1G, 2A), Burek (2G, 1A) and Howard (2G, 1A) all had three points on the afternoon. Howard paced Lafayette with four ground balls, while freshman Stewart Inman added three.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Canfield played all but 2:36 at the end of the opening half and registered double-digit saves for the ninth time this year with 13. Harrison totaled 15 saves for the Crusaders.

Lafayette remains at home for its final two regular-season games, starting with a non-conference contest against Marist on Tuesday at 7 p.m.