By: Spencer Caron, Sports Editor
Men’s Lacrosse Come Up Short in Patriot League Semis
On April 25 the Crusaders earned their first ever Patriot League tournament victory as they took down Navy 11-7, earning them a berth in the league semifinals. Last Friday the Crusaders travelled to Baltimore to take on first ranked Patriot League opponent Loyola Maryland in the second round of the tournament, where they ultimately lost 13-3. The first quarter would transpire without either team tallying a goal. Finally, not long into the second quarter, Loyola Maryland scored three straight goals to take the 3-0 lead. Less than one minute later, however, Holy Cross senior Kevin Lux made the score 3-1 with about 4 and a half minutes left in the second quarter. Loyola would score once more in the second quarter, sending the teams to the locker room with a 4-1 Loyola lead.
At the outset of the second half, senior Sean Kirkpatrick scored a quick goal to bring the Crusaders within two goals. Loyola’s Alex McGovern would then post two straight goals to push the lead to 6-2 with a little more than four minutes to play in the third quarter. Three minutes later, Loyola scored again, widening their lead to 7-2 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter of the game, Loyola went on a scoring run, netting six unanswered goals, putting their lead at 13-2. Holy Cross senior Jack Ortlieb scored the final goal of the game, putting the final score at 13-3. Holy Cross’ freshman goalie Jonathan Tesoro posted thirteen saves. Despite the loss, this was the first Patriot League semifinal appearance in program history, an accomplishment the program will look to build upon next season.
Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Colgate
The women’s lacrosse team lost 11-8 last Saturday against Patriot League rival Colgate. Early in the first half both teams exchanged goals to tie the game at 1-1. Shortly after, sophomore Keely Connors scored to put the Crusaders ahead 2-1. However, Colgate scored three straight goals to put Colgate ahead 4-2 with thirteen minutes left in the half. Senior Mary Patalita scored on a free shot, but Colgate responded with two straight goals with a little more than nine minutes left in the half. Two minutes later Patalita scored her third goal of the day to put the score at 6-4 in favor of Colgate heading into the half.
After the half Colgate struck first, but seniors Maddie Ward and Tess MacKay scored to cut Colgate’s lead to 7-6 with little more than fifteen minutes remaining in the game. After these two Holy Cross goals, Colgate scored two goals within three minutes to put the score at 9-6. Not long after, the two teams would trade goals before Holy Cross freshman Maggie Moriarry scored, bringing the score to 10-8 in Colgate’s favor. Colgate would score the last goal of the game to bring the final score to 11-8 in the season finale.