Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: September 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 September of 2011.

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Auffant excited to come home and play in front of family, friends
September 30, 2011 * By Roger Brown * Foster's Daily Democrat
It'll be Homecoming at the University of New Hampshire this weekend. Not for UNH, but for Holy Cross running back Sam Auffant. Auffant grew up up in Hampton and played football for his father, Ron, at Winnacunnet High School. He spent a year at Phillips Andover Academy and then flirted with UNH before he chose to attend Holy Cross. "Coming out of Winnacunnet I had pretty good grades, but I was right on the border academically with some Patriot League and Ivy League schools," Auffant explained. . .

UNH football eager to play long-awaited home opener
September 30, 2011 * By Al Pike * Foster's Daily Democrat
Kevin Decker has a Gold Helmet, now he wants a blue jersey. The University of New Hampshire football team can break out the home uniforms after a month on the road to open the 2011 season. "It feels like forever," said the senior quarterback, who won the Gold Helmet Award for his performance in last week's win over Richmond. . .

UNH plays home opener - finally
September 30, 2011 * By Allen Lessels * Manchester Union-Leader
Home again, home again. Finally. “It feels like forever,” University of New Hampshire senior quarterback and co-captain Kevin Decker. It just about has been. The Wildcats play their first home game of the season — and first after five games in five states from Florida to Ohio since they beat Towson here on Nov. 20 — on Saturday against Holy Cross at Cowell Stadium at noon. . .

Wildcats finally ready for home opener
September 30, 2011 * By Tim O'Sullivan * Concord Monitor
They've traveled nearly 1,800 miles in the last month, bouncing from Ohio to Pennsylvania to Virginia. They've played at the Glass Bowl, Goodman Stadium and Robins Stadium. But now, finally, the Wildcats return home. A quirky schedule put the University of New Hampshire football team on the road for its first three games and then mixed in a bye week, which means that tomorrow's noon-time game against Holy Cross at Cowell Stadium is actually the home opener. . .

Home, sweet home
September 30, 2011 * By Brandon Lawrence * The New Hampshire
After three weeks on the road for the UNH football team, the Wildcats finally get to see their home turf this Saturday as they host the Holy Cross Crusaders at Cowell Stadium. UNH improved to 2-1 after an offensive shootout with Richmond came down to the wire. The Wildcats defeated the Spiders in Virginia, 45-43 – the first time they picked up a win in Richmond since the 1994 season. Redshirt freshman R.J. Harris had a career day, pulling in 12 catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns, propelling UNH to the victory. . .

Under Gilmore, Holy Cross has symbolized success
September 22, 2011 * By Keith Groller * Allentown Morning Call
When you talk about consistency in Patriot League football, the conversation generally begins with Colgate. Since Dick Biddle took over as coach in Hamilton in 1996 after an 0-11 mark the preceding season, the Raiders have had just one losing season (4-7 in 2006) and finished lower than second in the league just twice. Since 1997, Colgate has won the league outright or shared the title six times. But at this point, Holy Cross definitely deserves to be included in any conversation about the Patriot League's elite. . .

Inside College Hockey A-Z: Shayne Stockton
September 21, 2011 * By Ken McMillan * Inside College Hockey
Stockton ranked seventh among Atlantic Hockey rookies with 25 points. He had two power play tallies and two game-winners among his nine goals. Stockton arrived in Worcester, Mass., after three very productive seasons in Ontario’s Central Junior Hockey League with the Brockville Braves. He had 26 goals and 54 points in 2007-08, 34 goals and 82 points in 2008-09, and 37 goals and 98 points in 2009-10. . .

Sweet 16: Devin Brown, Holy Cross
September 20, 2011 * By Matt Bracken * Baltimore Sun
After final exams in May, the Holy Cross campus in Worcester, Mass., becomes somewhat of a ghost town. Living in a nearly vacant college town might be lonely for some. But Crusaders guard Devin Brown, a second-team All-Patriot League player last season, wouldn’t have it any other way. “The entire campus empties,” said Brown, a 2007 City grad. . .

Ex-Spalding Football Players Shine in Patriot League
September 20, 2011 * By David Driver * Severn Patch
Older and wiser is a nice term to be connected with. That is certainly the case for Jimmy Thomas, a life-long Severn resident who is now a senior linebacker for the football team at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. “It is definitely a different role as a senior,” Thomas, a graduate of Archbishop Spalding High, told Patch on Monday. . .

Crusaders stay grounded
September 16, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross running back Reggie Woods played sparingly last year, spending most of his freshman season on the scout team, but through his hard work and determination, Woods shot to the top of HC’s depth chart. “It’s different,” Woods said. “Everything’s new to me.” Woods had a couple of long runs in Holy Cross’ season-opening loss to UMass, but the Crusaders were unable to establish a consistent rushing threat against the Minutemen. . .

Red Sox Coach Gives Priceless Advice To Watertown Little Leaguers
September 15, 2011 * By Michael Shapira * Watertown Patch
Dick Berardino was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1959 as a 22 year old who had led the College of Holy Cross to the NCAA District One baseball championship a year earlier. Seven years of playing professional baseball and more than 45 years of coaching experience have taught Berardino two important lessons. . .

Hard to fathom two-way players today
September 14, 2011 * By Craig Haley * The Sports Network
Gordie Lockbaum laughs that he gets the same phone call every year. And the topic he talks about - a football player contributing extensively on both offense and defense as a two-way player - rarely pans out. "I give an interview every summer of a kid who's going to play both ways," Lockbaum said. . .

Healthy Maliska anchors Holy Cross defensive line
September 9, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Defensive tackle Jack Maliska of Winchendon cracked the Holy Cross starting lineup last year as a sophomore after a terrific preseason. He anchored the middle of the Crusaders’ line for the first six games, continued to make progress, and looked primed for a fine season. Then, in a Week 6 win over Brown — a game in which Maliska blocked an extra point — his season came crashing down when he sprained the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee. . .

Under the lights
September 1, 2011 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Tomorrow night's game against UMass isn't merely circled on Holy Cross senior cornerback Chandler Fenner's calendar. “It is my calendar,” Fenner exclaimed. “It's what we've all been working toward. It's a huge, huge thing.” The Crusaders' 2011 opener against the No. 25 Minutemen — the first night game in Fitton Field history — certainly has generated a buzz on the team, around campus and in alumni circles, and HC is hoping to draw its largest home crowd in years. . .

Holy Cross lights it up with UMass
September 1, 2011 * By John Connolly * Boston Herald
History will be made tonight at Fitton Field in Worcester when Holy Cross hosts in-state rival UMass in the first-ever night football game played on the Crusaders campus. It marks the 50th meeting in the series between HC and UMass, which begins a two-year transition period into the Football Bowl Subdivision and becomes a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference. . .