(DeKalb, Ill.) The Holy Cross Men's Lacrosse team has earned a #1 ranking in the latest Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL) polls after two convincing victories over Northern Illinois University and Loyola University last Saturday.
This is the first time the Saints have returned to the top of the polls since the 2010 season after they finished with a perfect 15-0 record and winning their first championship.
"It's nice to be ranked first early in the season, but we still have a lot to accomplish," said Head Coach Mike Hodge. "We will be tested every week and it's important for us to play 60 minutes of good lacrosse in every game."
The Saints opened up the 2012 season against the Huskies of Northern Illinois with an 11-5 non-conference victory. Leading 4-3 at half, the two teams traded a pair of goals before the Saints took command of the game in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross put up 6 unanswered goals to take an 11-4 lead. The Huskies added a late goal in the fourth as time expired.
In the second game of the afternoon, the Saints played Loyola University in an East Division match-up. Holding a 4-2 lead over Loyola in the second quarter, the Saints put up 8 unanswered goals to close out the final 45 minutes and cruised to a 12-2 victory. Freshman Conor Tallet led the Saints in goal.
"We started off slow but we were able to hit our stride by the end of the NIU game," said Coach Hodge. "The team earned two great wins on Saturday and we can now focus our attention to our upcoming home games."
The Saints (2-0, 1-0) will play host to Northwestern University this Saturday, March 31st, at noon. They will also host East Division opponent University of Chicago at 2:30pm on the fields behind the Pfeil Center.