March 7, 2015
WORCESTER, Mass. – The ninth-ranked Army lacrosse team had a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Holy Cross was able to hold the Black Knights to three goals the rest of the game to earn the 7-6 victory in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon.
Army (5-2, 1-1 PL) was led by John Glesener with four points on a goal and three assists, while Cole Johnson had two points with a goal and an assist. The Black Knights had six different goal scorers in the game. Sam Somers made 10 stops in the loss for his third consecutive game with 10 or more saves.
Holy Cross (3-2, 2-1 PL) have now taken down two top 10 teams in Army and Loyola. The Greyhounds were eighth in the nation when the Crusaders won 13-12 earlier this season. Terry McKenna had two goals in the win and he gave his team the lead for good in the second quarter with the only two tallies of the frame. Michael Ortlieb had 12 saves in the win and made a few down the stretch to secure the win.
The Black Knights got off to a fast start by scoring three of the first four goals of the game to lead 3-1 with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter. Conor Glancy broke the ice with his third of the season coming three minutes into the game and the Crusaders answered less than two minutes later to even the score at 1-1. Shea Mullins and Connor Cook fired home back-to-back goals and Army led 3-1. John Glesener had assists on all three goals for the Black Knights.
However, after that five minute mark of the first quarter, Army did not get on the board the rest of the half. The Crusaders were able to score once to end the first as Sean Wilkinson potted his ninth of the year to make it a 3-2 game at the end of one quarter.
Both teams struggled to hang onto the ball during the second frame and neither team scored in the first 11:30 of the quarter. McKenna put a stop to that with two consecutive goals to give Holy Cross its first lead at 4-3 going into the half. McKenna’s second tally came with five seconds left before the break. Army had it opportunities in the second, but Ortlieb came up with some big stops throughout the 15 minutes. Ted Glesener had the best chance with a shot that hit the post during a man-up situation.
The Crusaders brought the momentum with them into the second half with Logan LeBlond scoring 54 seconds into the third quarter on a feed by Wilkinson and Holy Cross had its largest lead of the game at 5-3. Army’s scoring drought of over a quarter ended with 5:40 left in the third with Alex Newsome tallying a man-up goal to cut the lead to 5-4. The Crusaders answered again with 2:24 remaining to make it a two-goal advantage at 6-4 with Kevin Lux scoring unassisted and Holy Cross took the lead into the final quarter.
The defense for the Crusaders shut down Army for the first eight minutes until a bad mistake by Ortlieb allowed the Black Knights back to within one with 7:04 remaining. Holy Cross got called for an infraction at midfield and Ortlieb had come all the way up to the stripe to try for the ground ball. The ref blew the whistle to give Army the ball and before Ortlieb could recover, Glesener launched one from 20 yards out to slice the lead to 6-5.
Holy Cross, however, didn’t go away and Marc Buermann tallied an unassisted goal with 3:17 left in the game, which proved to be the gamewinner. The Black Knights saw Johnson cut the Crusader lead down to a goal with 30 seconds left, but the Crusaders won the next faceoff and were able to run out the clock for the win.
Army had a 39-24 advantage in shots, but managed to put 18 on net, while Holy Cross fired 18 shots on goal. The Black Knights scored the lone man-up goal of the contest, while the Crusaders had 24 ground balls to Army’s 23.
The Black Knights return to Michie Stadium on Saturday, March 14, to take on No. 14 Loyola at 12 p.m. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the Army Ticket Office located at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
Beyond the X: The 7-6 win for the Crusaders is the first-ever victory for Holy Cross in the 25-game history of the series … second-straight game Army has been held to single-digit goals and the third time this season … Glesener moves closer to eighth all-time on the scoring list with 178 points, which five away from Garrett Thul ’13 and Jeff Bryan ’04 … Johnson has tallied multiple points in all seven games this year … Glancy scored his third goal of the season, which ties him with Ted Glesener for the team lead among rookies … Somers made 10 or more saves for the third straight game and held his opponent to single digits in 15 of his last 16 starts … Lafayette is the only Patriot League team the Black Knights have never lost to at 32-0 … Army was shutout in a quarter for the first time this season and the two goals in the second half were the least scored this season in either half.