Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: November 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 November of 2011.

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Fordham up last for Holy Cross
November 18, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Sunday was a banner day for the Fordham football program, which witnessed former Rams quarterback John Skelton lead the Arizona Cardinals to a win over the Baltimore Ravens. Skelton, a Cardinals fifth-round draft pick in 2010, completed 21 of 40 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, including the winner with 1:52 left. . .

Lockbaum remembers Heisman run
November 11, 2011 * By Jack McCluskey * ESPN
He begins with a question. "You know I didn't win it, right?" No, Gordie Lockbaum didn't win the Heisman Trophy. Didn't win it in 1986 (when he finished fifth). Didn't win it in 1987 (when he finished third). But his is still a story worth telling. Lockbaum is more than 20 years removed from his playing days, from attending Heisman presentation ceremonies, from his repeated failures to stick with multiple NFL teams beyond preseason or after free-agent workouts. . .

Crusaders hope duo's return sparks revival
November 11, 2011 * By Gary Washburn * Boston Globe
They formed a closer friendship last season, sitting next to each other on the Holy Cross bench, watching first-year coach Milan Brown lead a group of determined but undermanned Crusaders attempt to make something out of the Patriot League season. R.J. Evans and Phil Beans played a handful of games before having to sit out the rest of the season with injuries, and watched as Brown relied on little-used players to compensate for his two ailing veterans. . .

Holy Cross begins crusade to win close games
November 11, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The Holy Cross men’s basketball team starts the 2011-12 season tonight at College of Charleston, determined to right the many wrongs of the last two long, laborious seasons. “We want to go down and make a statement right away,” junior forward Phil Beans said, “and show this program’s back and headed in the right direction.” In last year’s opener, also against C of C, Holy Cross excited a large Hart Center crowd by running with the Cougars. . .

Practice makes perfect for Crusaders' Smith
November 7, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Alex Smith had wrapped up her classes for the day and had about 90 minutes until the Holy Cross women's basketball team met for its pregame meal prior to a scrimmage at Boston University last Wednesday night. That was plenty of time for Smith to get in her daily hour of shooting inside the Hart Center. “If it was up to her, she'd be in there all day,” Holy Cross assistant Sahar Nusseibeh said as Smith was concluding her session. . .

Brown expecting big things from Crusaders
November 6, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
R.J. Evans spent most of 2010-11 on the bench, supporting his Holy Cross teammates, wishing he could help, and watching intently as the Crusaders suffered through their second straight losing season. But, Evans said, not everything he observed was bad.  “At the beginning of the season, we had a lot of rough patches,” HC’s junior guard said. . .

Patriot League Men's Basketball Preview
November 4, 2011 * By Gregg Xenakes * Sports Network
While the Patriot League is always focused on the student-athletes, with a significant emphasis on the former, this year the league gets a boost from a high-profile addition in the coaching ranks. Former Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis, who spent the last eight seasons in Happy Valley building a Nittany Lions program to compete against the big boys of the Big Ten, is now the top man with the United States Naval Academy, a move that instantly renews interest in the Midshipmen and the Patriot League altogether on the hardwood. . .

Robinson Award full of meaning for Duffner
November 4, 2011 * By Sean Shapiro * Sports Network
He may be over the initial shock, but the meaning behind winning the inaugural Eddie Robinson Award has never worn off for Mark Duffner, even as it reaches its silver anniversary. "It was a great surprise," Duffner said. "It was a great honor to be presented with something that stood for so much, and was associated with such a great man and coach. To win that award, especially in one of my first couple seasons as a head coach, it was really such a great honor." In just his second season as a head coach at Holy Cross, Duffner was a more- than-worthy participant for the first Robinson Award, which is presented annually to the top coach in the FCS (formerly Division I-AA). . .

Patriot League title on line against Lehigh
November 4, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross plays its biggest game of the season at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Lehigh. Despite last week’s extremely disappointing loss to Georgetown in the snow at Fitton Field, the Crusaders still have a chance to win the Patriot League title, but they must beat defending champion Lehigh to keep their hopes alive. . .

Lehigh works around power outages in preparation for Holy Cross
November 4, 2011 * By Michael LoRe * Easton Express-Times
The Lehigh University football team is playing its first football game at home in more than a month, yet despite returning to Bethlehem after last Saturday’s 45-25 victory over Colgate, the Mountain Hawks still feel like they’re on the road. An odd winter snowstorm at the end of October left many residents in the Lehigh Valley and the Northeast without power — including those on and around the Lehigh campus. . .

Football team returns home to face Holy Cross
November 4, 2011 * By Alyssa Gerety * Brown & White
The No. 7/8 Mountain Hawk football team will face off against College of the Holy Cross tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 5. The power outages earlier this week caused challenges for the team. Head Coach Andy Coen tweeted the following on Tuesday, Nov. 1: “One of the craziest weeks in my coaching life. Met and had a good practice today. Campus still without power. Guys working together.” Last week, the Hawks traveled to Hamilton, N.Y., and defeated the Colgate University Raiders, 45-25. . .

A crazy week for Lehigh football
November 2, 2011 * By Keith Groller * Allentown Morning Call
When its final road trip of the season was complete Saturday night and the Lehigh football team had made its way back to the Lehigh Valley from upstate New York after beating Colgate, the squad didn't exactly receive the Motel 6 treatment upon their arrival home. No one left a light on for the Mountain Hawks. . .