Horton's Late Goal Gives Lafayette 8-7 Men's Lacrosse Victory at Holy Cross
April 8, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. (www.lafayette.edu) - Andrew Horton scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 remaining to lift Lafayette to an 8-7 win at Holy Cross in Patriot League men's lacrosse.
The victory keeps the Leopards (2-7, 1-3 PL) alive in the race for one of four Patriot League tournament spots with matches remaining against Colgate and Lehigh, while the Crusaders are eliminated from postseason contention. Lafayette dropped its first three league matches against nationally-ranked opponents.
John Galassi and Sean Burek both had hat tricks for the Leopards, which jumped out to a 7-1 lead early in the third quarter. Toby Banta opened the scoring for Holy Cross (0-10, 0-4 PL) just under six minutes into the match before Galassi scored twice in the first quarter to give Lafayette the lead.
Burek netted all three Lafayette goals in the second stanza - at 10:55, 10:14 and 5:52 - as the Leopards took a 5-1 lead into the half. Galassi completed his hat trick 1:06 into the second half and Joe Howard scored unassisted a minute later to extend the advantage.
Holy Cross responded with six straight goals in a 15-minute stretch to tie the score at 7-all with 4:30 left. Tanner Fogarty started the run with 3:49 left in the third and Luke Marchand scored with a minute left in the period, and the Crusaders maintained their momentum with four scores in the fourth as Mike Moriarty tallied the tying score.
Horton, Lafayette's leading assist man with 12 in the first eight matches, made his fourth goal of the season count as his first career game-winner. The assist came from Galassi, who leads the Leopards with 16 goals in his freshman campaign.
Jeff Canfield made five saves while facing 19 shots to record the victory. Jimmy Harrison was effective in relief of starter Matt Fallon, making 10 saves in just over 40 minutes of action in goal for Holy Cross.
Jamison Caldwell, ranked in the top 20 in the nation in face-off percentage entering the day, won 12-of-19 face-offs for Lafayette, which did not allow an extra-man opportunity.
Lafayette will play a pair of road games next week, facing Marist on Tuesday, April 11 and resuming Patriot League action on Saturday at Colgate.