Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: December 2011

Welcome to the Holy Cross Newsstand, a daily listing with links to stories from around the country on the Crusaders. Here are the stories from December of 2011.

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Falmouth's George Blaney Has Hand in UConn Huskies Success
December 30, 2011 * By Christopher Kazarian * Falmouth Enterprise
On the eve of George Blaney's 72nd birthday, the fourth-ranked Connecticut Huskies gave the longtime men's college basketball coach a reason to celebrate early—a 70-57 win over Columbia on Veterans Day to kick off the team's season last month. Over the past 11 seasons the relatively unassuming Mr. Blaney, who owns a home in Falmouth Heights with his wife, MaryEllen, has sat opposite the more fiery Jim Calhoun, serving as the Huskies associate head coach. . .

Panther pride being felt 13 hours away
December 29, 2011 * By Tom Skeen * Cincinnati Community Press
Elder Panther pride rides high on the West Side of Cincinnati, but it can also be felt at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Senior Ricky Otis and freshmen Ben Coffaro are busy making plays for The Crusaders on the football field like they did at The Pit. Otis plays linebacker where he was a starter his junior and senior year and a special teams player his freshmen and sophomore seasons. . .

R.J. Evans Back In Connecticut With Holy Cross
December 19, 2011 * By Don Amore * Hartford Courant
R.J. Evans wasn't going to let an illness get in the way of playing against UConn on Connecticut soil. Evans, from Salem and NFA, was the leading scorer and most effective defender for Holy Cross, which was blown out by the Huskies, 77-40, at the XL Center. At halftime, Evan vomited. "He's been coughing," coach Milan Brown said, "and I asked him if he was OK. He said, 'yeah,' and then he threw up in a trash can. . .

UConn men's basketball team gets back to work
December 18, 2011 * By Kevin Duffy * Connecticut Post
Break time is over. Well, more specifically, UConn's final exams are done. And that means the pace will pick up quickly for the ninth-ranked Huskies, who have been idle -- and studying -- since Dec. 8. UConn's last week of non-conference play starts at 1 p.m. today against longtime foe Holy Cross. The connections between the two schools, which have met 63 times, are plentiful. . .

Huskies ready to get back on court
December 18, 2011 * By David Borges * New Haven Register
After 10 days of studying for and taking their semester exams — sprinkled in with a few sporadic practices — the UConn men’s basketball team returns to the floor Sunday afternoon. The Huskies host Holy Cross Sunday (1 p.m., SNY) at the XL Center in Hartford. It’s the first of just two games UConn has before a brief break for Christmas, followed three days later by the start of its Big East season. And the ninth-ranked Huskies (8-1) still have plenty to sort out during that time. . .

Former local stars in Eastern hoops matchup
December 18, 2011 * By Rick Armstrong * Beacon News
This should be one to remember for David Dudzinski and Ryan Boatright. Their high school basketball teams from Kaneland and East Aurora never met on the court, but their college teams will play each other this afternoon. They just had to travel about a thousand miles from home for the meeting to take place. . .

Evans happy, healthy and coming home
December 17, 2011 * By Gavin Keefe * New London Day
R.J. Evans can't imagine life without basketball. He wants to continue to play for as long as he can. So when a hip flexor injury forced him to miss the majority of last season at Holy Cross, he had trouble dealing with the inaction. He broke down in his room and cried. "I missed the game a lot," Evans said. . .

Hockey kind to arm of Holy Cross star Adam Schmidt
December 14, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
When Holy Cross sophomore forward Adam Schmidt rolls up the sleeves on his T-shirt, you can see pretty clearly that his right arm has much more muscle development and definition than his left. Schmidt, HC’s leading goal-scorer, was born with an injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand. . .

Cox, Holy Cross make their points
December 7, 2011 * By Allen Lessels * New England Hockey Journal
Holy Cross made a move in the Atlantic Hockey standings with its first four-point league weekend of the season, sweeping Canisius at home by scores of 3-2 and 4-0. The Crusaders climbed a bit to join a crowded field just behind the top teams in the standings as the Christmas break approaches. Air Force has parlayed its four-game winning streak into a three-point lead at the top of the pack and Mercyhurst, in second place, has a two-point edge on RIT. . .

Light Blue returns home to take on Holy Cross
December 6, 2011 * By Steven Lau * Columbia Spectator
Undefeated in last weekend’s Loyola Marymount Centennial Classic, the Columbia men’s basketball team is looking to bring its success in California back to its home court when the Lions (5-4) take on Holy Cross (3-5) tonight in the first of two games before the holiday break. Over the weekend, the Light Blue defeated Loyola Marymount 69-61, North Texas 72-57, and La Sierra 78-56 to extend the team’s winning streak to five games. . .

Student Athletes at Worcester Colleges Give Back
December 2, 2011 * By Kim Dunbar * Pulse Magazine

The holidays are a time for generosity, but for many local student-athletes, giving is something they do year round. The Holy Cross football and men’s lacrosse teams are shining examples. In 2009, then football co-captains Dominic Randolph and Daryl Brown recruited more than 50 teammates and snuffed out the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA/ Metrowest’s two-year waiting list. Since 2000, the lacrosse team has volunteered with Big Brothers as the collective “John’s Brothers,” a program honoring John Price, a lacrosse stand-out who was killed in a train accident in 2000. . .