With the 2018 college lacrosse season complete, it’s time to start looking back at how all 71 teams did during the season, as well as what to expect from each squad for 2019.
We’ve already begun looking back to 2018 with some team recaps thus far and continued our series this week with Mercer, Wagner, Bellarmine, and Manhattan
So with that, let’s continue the recaps!
Conference: Patriot League
2018 Record: 4-9 (2-6 in Patriot League play)
Head coach: Judd Lattimore (4th Year)
Goals: Kevin Kodzis (21)
Assists: Logan LeBlond (10)
Points: Kevin Kodzis (28)
Faceoffs: Dan O’Connell (151-of-263; 57.4%)
Ground balls: Dan O’Connell (57)
Caused turnovers: Matt Farrell (19)
Goals against average: Jonathan Tesoro (10.84 GAA)
Save percentage: Jonathan Tesoro (44.5%)
Key seniors departing: A Logan LeBlond (10 Gs, 10 As, 13 GBs), D Jake Maruna (14 GBs, 10 CTs), SSDM Henry Lilly (34 GBs, 14 CTs, 1 G, 3 As)
Senior scoring departing: 24 of 131 points (18.3%)
Senior starts lost: 23 of 130 (17.7%)
After two seasons of somehow making it to the Patriot League Tournament despite having a bad overall record, Holy Cross took a step back in 2018. 4-9 is the range where they’ve usually been for a majority of the past 10+ years. But the year ended in some turmoil.
Let’s start with the beginning of the year. After two losses to Providence and Vermont, the Crusaders somehow got their first win of the season against Harvard in double overtime in Cambridge. It was very short-lived. Holy Cross lost their next five games, including a 19-8 drubbing by Brown.
That’s where a change occurred at head coach. Lattimore was placed on administrative leave and replaced by assistants Peter Burke and Nico Capron. The duo turned Holy Cross’ season around for a short bit, first by beating Quinnipiac by a goal. After falling to Navy in a 5-4 affair, the Crusaders defeated Lafayette in overtime as well as Colgate to still keep their Patriot League Tournament chances alive. However, a 9-4 loss to Boston University ended all hope.
Sophomore Kevin Kodzis was the only player to record at least 20 goals on the season (21), with junior Drew Babick behind him at 16. Logan LeBlond’s 10 assists was the only double-digit assist mark on the squad. Sophomores Justin Lynskey and Sean Mullaney, as well as freshman Rowan Hart, also recorded at least 10 points.
The big question that was just answered today was the head coach. For now, Burke will lead the team on an interim basis next year. Capron took an assistant coaching job at Division III Colby College.
Burke should have a bulk of the team returning if no players decide to quit. Only four seniors depart, with LeBlond and defenseman Jake Maruna being the key guys. But Kodzis, Babick, Lynskey, Mullaney, and Hart provide a great young core of players on offense.
Defensively, senior Matt Farrell returns after causing 19 turnovers last season. So does junior Ben Marchand, sophomore Sean New, and freshman Philip Turner. Another year of Jonathan Tesoro in goal and Dan O’Connell taking faceoffs also helps.
Here’s who the Crusaders will be adding to their roster for next year.*
Holy Cross’ Unofficial Class of 2018
|Jake Brophy||Midfield||Coronado (CA)|
|Chris Conlin||Defense||Chatham (NJ)|
|Matt DeSisto||Midfield||St. Sebastian's (MA)|
|Ridge Driscoll||Defense/LSM||Trinity Pawling (NY)|
|Jack Dougherty||Midfield||Fordham Prep (NY)|
|Louie Fiacco||Defense||Great Oak (CA)|
|A.J. Fox||Goalie||Proctor Academy (NH)|
|Herschel Halesworth||Attack||Iona Prep (NY)|
|Tyler James||Midfield/FO||Piscataway Township (NJ)|
|Will Jones||Defense/LSM||Bishop Moore (FL)|
|Jayce Lambert||Attack||Thayer Academy (MA)|
|Kieran Laurie||Midfield||Chaminade (NY)|
|Thomas Marra||Attack||Fordham Prep (NY)|
|Paul Miller||Attack||Brooks School (MA)|
|Andrew Ponsetto||Defense/LSM||St. John's Prep (MA)|
|Dermot Quinn||Midfield||Chaminade (NY)|
|Anthony Raei||Midfield||Boston Latin (MA)|
|Brandon Rizzuto||Midfield/FO||St. Anthony's (NY)|
*Compiled from a multitude of websites. Schools usually officially announce their recruiting class during the fall semester.
How many wins will Holy Cross get in 2019?
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