Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Holy Cross Saints lacrosse team continued their strong start to the 2014 spring season on Saturday as they split their pair of games between the Spartans from MSU Green and Schoolcraft College. The Saints fell in game one to the Spartans by a score 10-7 before knocking off Schoolcraft by a final of 8-2.
"It was another solid weekend for our guys," second year head coach Jeff Penney stated. "We were a little unlucky in game one but still found the back of the net seven times. I thought we did a better job in game two of controlling the game on both offense and defense and were able to get a nice victory to close out the weekend."
The Saints took the field at the Kroc Center in South Bend, Ind. for game one of their two-match day against the Spartans of MSU Green.
In a tight back-and-forth matchup, the Saints found did a solid job of getting shots on net and keeping pace with the Spartans. Henry Deery-Schmitt (JR/Bainbridge Island, Wash.) continued his strong start to the season with a three-goal performance. Freshman Aidan Runyan (FR/Hackensack, N.J.) added a pair of goals himself while Phil Abate (SO/Hindsdale, Ill.) and Patrick Tinsley (FR/Menlow Park, Calif.) added a goal apiece for the Saints total of seven.
"We were active around the goal and were able to get a number of shots in the net," continued Penney. "We caught some unlucky breaks hitting the post seven times, however, I was impressed by the fight the guys showed over the course of the game."
Brendan Kearney (FR/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) wrapped up game one in goal finishing with seven saves in the 10-7 loss to the Spartans.
With game one in the books, the Saints took the field in game two looking to grab a victory before the day was done.
Henry Deery-Schmitt continued his strong day in game two with a five-goal performance. The eight-goal day brings Deery-Schmitt's season total to 13 goals in three games.
Phil Abate, Patrick Tinsley and Nick Hernandez (SO/Indianapolis, Ind.) added a goal apiece as the Saints knocked off Schoolcraft 8-2.
Brendan Kearney was solid again in net for the Saints, stopping nine shots during the finale.
"We're continuing to make progress each game and it's showing on the field," Penney continued. "We have a tough stretch of games coming up this weekend and will hopefully see continued improvement from the guys."
The Saints (2-1) will head to Northern Illinois University this upcoming weekend for a pair of games beginning with the University of Notre Dame club team and Southern Illinois University.