April 5, 2013
The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team returns home on Saturday afternoon to host Holy Cross. Lafayette enters Saturday’s contest at 3-7 overall, coming off a 10-9 double overtime win at High Point on March 27.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders enter Saturday afternoon’s game at 5-5 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League. Sophomore Clay Haarmann powers the Crusader attack with a team-leading 20 goals and 25 points. Senior James Kennedy has a team-high 12 assists to go along with 11 goals. Sophomore midfielder Matt Ward leads the defense with 19 caused turnovers and 29 ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Ortlieb and junior goalkeeper Kenny Connor have split time in front of the cage this season. Ortlieb has a 10.39 goals against average, making 68 saves on his way to a 2-3 record. Connor has posted a 2-2 record with an 11.15 goals against average and 26 saves for the Crusaders.
The Leopards are coached by first-year man Jim Rogalski, who spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Rogalski put together back-to-back winning seasons with a record of 18-15 and he currently holds a 21-22 overall mark. The Crusaders are coached by Jim Morrissey, who is in his third season in charge. Morrissey holds a career record of 12-22 in his three seasons at Holy Cross.
The Leopards are 17-7 against the Crusaders in a series dating back to 1989. Lafayette has won four of the last five contests between the two squads.
Sophomore Sonny Round leads the Lafayette attack with 23 goals, while classmate Brian Bock is second on the team with 18 goals and the duo is tied for the team lead with 11 assists apiece. Round’s 34 points (3.40 ppg) are sixth in the League. Freshman Kevin Wanke is third on the team in goals (15) and points (19) and put away the gamewinner in the second overtime session against High Point.
Picking It Up
Senior co-captain Anthony Zawadzki ranks first in the Patriot League in faceoff percentage (61.3). Senior Greg Rau leads the Leopards and sits fifth in the Patriot League in ground balls with 38, while winning 50.5 percent of his faceoff attempts. Junior defender Matt Evans is second on the team in ground balls with 33, followed by junior defender Mac Ashler with 25. Senior defender Geoff Stearns leads the Leopards in caused turnovers with 18, while picking up 21 ground balls.
Between the Pipes
Junior goalie Jake Hyatt, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, has been stellar so far for the Leopards, making 16 saves in three different contests (at Georgetown, at Wagner, vs. Marist) and at least ten saves in 10 straight games dating back to last season. The junior is fifth in the nation and leads the Patriot League in saves per game (13.78). Freshman Ben Falcone stepped in for Hyatt in the loss to Army, making 10 saves in 47 shots faced.
Lafayette has already been defeated by Bucknell, who ranks thirteenth in the latest Nike Division I Top 20 Poll, and will face 18th ranked Lehigh later this season. The Leopards have also fallen to Marist (RV) and Army (RV). Additionally, Colgate and Lehigh, along with non-conference opponent Stony Brook, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament last spring.
Around the Patriot League
On Saturday afternoon, No. 18 Lehigh took down Navy, 12-7, and then no. 7/6 Bucknell handled Holy Cross, 16-9. More Patriot League action took place on Sunday as Army beat Colgate, 10-4. Navy hosts Maryland on Friday evening, while Patriot League play continues on Saturday with Colgate traveling to Lehigh and Bucknell battling Army in West Point, N.Y.
The Leopards will take on Colgate in Fisher Stadium on April 13 at 4:30 p.m.