Sports Information Director
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Holy Cross lacrosse team kicked off their 2014 regular season on Sunday afternoon in exciting fashion as they traveled to Indianapolis to take on the Butler Bulldogs. In a quite dominating affair, the Saints jumped out to an early advantage and never looked back. Henry Deery-Schmitt (JR/Bainbridge Island, Wash.) paced the way for the Saints on offense, finishing with a game-high five goals while freshman goaltender Brendan Kearney (FR/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) finished with 12 saves as the Saints knocked off the Bulldogs by a final score of 13-2.
"It was a great start for our guys this weekend," second year head coach Jeff Penney said. "We came out aggressive and were able to execute on our opportunities. There's still a lot to improve on, but you can't complain too much with a result like this open up the season."
Junior Henry Deery-Schmitt provided a great spark for the Saints offensively, finishing with five goals and an assist in the game. Phil Abate (SO/Hindsdale, Ill.) added three goals and three assists while five other Saints netted goals.
As a whole, the Saints had seven assists on their 13 goals.
"To have seven assists with the amount of goals we were able to put up demonstrates the solid ability the team had moving the ball," continued Penney. "Henry and Phil did a great job leading our offense while we also had great work from a number of other players. Our defense continued to play solid, especially without two starters, and the work in goal by Brendan was phenomenal."
Brendan Kearney notched his first career win between the pipes while stopping 12 shots faced on net.
Holy Cross (1-0) will resume action on Saturday, March 30 as they're set to take on Michigan State and Schoolcraft at the Kroc Center. The game first Michigan State is scheduled for 11:00 am with the Schoolcraft match to follow at approximately 1:30 pm.
Holy Cross Statistics
Shawn Tallet (SR/Baldwinsville, N.Y.): One goal, two assists
Phil Abate: Three goals, three assists
Nick Hernandez (SO/Indianapolis, Ind.): One goal
Henry Deery-Schmitt: Five goals, one assist
DJ Fisher (SR/South Bend, Ind.): One goal
Mitch Sulfaro: One goal
Aidan Runyan: One goal, one assist
Brendan Kearney: 12 saves, two goals allowed