Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: January 2012

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 January of 2012.

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Matthew Davis builds for the future
January 31, 2012 * By Matthew Ondesko * MetroWNY.com
Sometimes to get noticed you have to leave home. And that’s exactly what Lancaster native Matthew Davis did. Davis, a senior defenseman on the Holy Cross hockey team, left to go play junior hockey after graduating from Lancaster High School, where he played three years of club hockey before playing one year of Western New York Varsity Federation Hockey. . .

Richard Rodgers leaves Holy Cross for NFL’s Panthers
January 26, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Richard Rodgers, who spent the last six seasons as the Holy Cross defensive coordinator, has left the Crusaders to pursue his first coaching job in the NFL. Rodgers has joined the Carolina Panthers as their assistant special teams coach. He was a teammate of new Panthers coach Ron Rivera at the University of California. Rivera, the former Chargers defensive coordinator, just completed his first season as Carolina’s coach. . .

Local skaters lift Holy Cross squad
January 26, 2012 * By Marvin Pave * Boston Globe
Not surprisingly, there’s a hockey theme at Shrewsbury’s Lakeside Bar and Grille, which is owned by Frank Panarelli and his wife, Pamela. A Holy Cross banner is prominently displayed, as well as a photo of the couple’s daughter, Francesca, who is a freshman defenseman on the Crusader women’s ice hockey team. The photo dates from her days as a member of the national champion Assabet Valley girls’ team. . .

Athletes serving as role models for area kids
January 25, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January is National Mentoring Month, so it’s a great time to recognize the efforts of Leggett and all the local student-athletes who are serving as role models for area kids. Big Brothers Big Sisters started its school-based mentoring program with the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team in 2000. The WPI men’s basketball team signed on as Big Brothers in 2003. There are now more than 20 sports teams from local colleges volunteering with this outstanding program, which the agency wants to continue to expand. . .

HC women's hockey team icing opponents at 10-1-2
January 20, 2012 * By Jay Gearan * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The Holy Cross women’s hockey team is enjoying a terrific season. Coached by Peter Van Buskirk, the Crusaders are 10-1-2 overall and 7-1 in the ECAC East Conference. After winning their opening seven games, Holy Cross tied Bowdoin and won three of its next five around a tie to Connecticut College and a loss to Norwich. Last week, the Crusaders notched their 10th victory, defeating Salve Regina, 6-2. Among the outstanding players on the Crusaders team is Francesca Panarelli, a talented freshman defensive player. . .

Holy Cross continues to climb
January 16, 2012 * By John Connolly * Boston Herald
While Frozen Fenway was capturing the limelight in recent days, few people were paying much attention to Holy Cross. “That’s always a good thing,” said coach Paul Pearl. “We’re glad to fly under the radar.” The Crusaders (10-10-1, 8-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) closed the first half by winning 4-of-5, and split a pair at Robert Morris over the weekend. Junior forward Erik Vos scored three of HC’s four goals, including the game-winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory. . .