FLUSHING, N.Y. – Sophomore Terry McKenna scored a career-best four goals and posted an assist for a career-best five points as Holy Cross defeated Navy 7-5 on Sunday at Citi Field as part of the 2013 Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic. The Crusaders improved to 4-3 overall (1-1 Patriot League) in beating Navy for the first time. The Midshipmen, who won the first nine meetings between the schools, fell to 3-5 (1-2).
Each team scored one goal in the first quarter as McKenna gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead and T.J. Hanzsche tied the game at 1 for Navy. After Gabe Voumard found the back of the net for Navy, McKenna netted two consecutive goals, giving him his first career hat trick as Holy Cross moved out to a 3-2 advantage in the second quarter. James Kennedy assisted on McKenna’s third goal. Pat Durkin tied the game at 3. With 5:00 left in the second quarter, Myles Gillespie scored an extra-man goal off a pass from Kennedy as the Crusaders took a 4-3 lead to the half.
The Crusaders increased their lead to 5-3 with 11:29 in the third quarter when Chris Smith netted his first goal of the season off a pass from Kyle Kadlick. After Durkin scored his second goal of the game, Clay Haarmann tallied his first game-winning goal of the season and the third of his career when he scored an extra-man goal off a pass from McKenna to give the Crusaders a 6-4 lead with 1:47 remaining in the third. The Midshipmen made it a one-goal game when Sam Jones found the back of the net with 11:51 left in the fourth quarter, but McKenna’s fourth goal of the contest with 5:16 left clinched the victory for the Crusaders. Haarmann assisted on the goal.
Reed Kennedy led Holy Cross with six ground balls. Matt Ward posted a team-best six caused turnovers.
Freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb was outstanding in net as he made 12 saves for a .706 save percentage. Nolan Hickey posted 10 saves for Navy. Holy Cross outshot Navy 29-23 while the Crusaders secured 33 ground balls and the Midshipmen picked up 28. Navy won 10 of 16 faceoffs, while the Crusaders went 2-for-4 on extra-man opportunities and Navy went 0-for-3.