(Lisle, Ill.) For the first time in program history the men's lacrosse team claimed their first South Division title after a four game sweep over Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, Benedictine University, and the University of Chicago.
The #1 ranked Saints travelled to DeKalb, Illinois on Saturday afternoon to take on a tough Western Illinois team and the University of Chicago. The Saints opened play with the Leathernecks of Western Illinois. Senior attackman Pat Pirozzi scored the first three goals for the Saints to take a 3 - 0 lead. After trading goals with Western throughout the game, Holy Cross was able to hang on to a 7 - 4 victory. The Saints made quick work of Chicago pulling out an 11 - 2 win. Freshmen Brian Benedict and Justin Tabit each scored three goals. Shane Bowzer recorded his first collegiate points netting a second half goal.
Sunday afternoon the Saints took on #3 ranked Southern Illinois University and Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. In game one the Salukis took an early 1 - 0 lead, but the Saints battled back and tied the game just minutes later as senior Levi Burkins beat the SIU goalkeeper. Holy Cross built a 3 - 1 lead, but the Salukis battled back to tie the game at 3 after the first period. After trading goals early in the second, the Saints built a two goal lead at 6 - 4.
Southern Illinois once again battled back and pulled within a goal early in the second half. The Saints put up 4 unanswered goals including two more from Burkins to take a 10 - 5 lead. Southern added a late goal and the Saints pulled out an 11 - 6 victory.
After a physical game with SIU the Saints took to the field against Benedictine University for a chance at the South Division title. Not wasting any time, Holy Cross put up 6 first half goals and giving up just one. The Saints added 5 more in the second half and won the game 11 - 3.
Holy Cross (11-0) and ranked #1 according to laxpower.com in the Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL) will host their only game of the year this Saturday, April 17th, at 1pm against Loyola University. The game is free to the public and will take place on the campus of Holy Cross directly south of the Pfeil Center.