Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: November 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 November of 2012.

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Holy Cross hot on Niagara's heels
November 26, 2012 * By John Connolly * Boston Herald
One local team that has been a bit of an early surprise is Holy Cross (7-3-1, 6-2-1), which is in second place in Atlantic Hockey, right behind 20th-ranked Niagara (8-2-3, 7-0-0). The Crusaders, who were among other teams receiving votes in the national polls last week, saw their modest four-game (3-0-1) unbeaten streak end in a 3-2 loss at Brown yesterday despite a career-high 51 saves by sophomore Matt Ginn. . .

Working for Worcester aims to improve recreation sites
November 25, 2012 * By Amanda Roberge * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 27, 2013, is looking like it will be a busy day around Worcester. If all goes according to plan, 15 different locations will be buzzing with activity as more than 1,000 volunteers take to the streets. The effort, which is being spearheaded by College of the Holy Cross junior Jeffrey Reppucci as part of his initiative, Working for Worcester, seeks to make a huge positive impact in the city — a cause near and dear to Mr. Reppucci's heart. . .

Gordie Lockbaum reflects on Heisman race
November 16, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Gordie Lockbaum and his 1987 Holy Cross teammates got together earlier this fall to tailgate on the fringe of Fitton Field, share stories, and commemorate that wonderful undefeated season. There will be more reveling and reminiscing next May when Lockbaum and his HC class of 1988 gather for their milestone reunion. So it's a juncture of silver jubilees for Lockbaum, but one he did not really consider until the recent 25-year anniversary of his third-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting. . .

From playing field to battlefield, a hero
November 12, 2012 * By David Pevear * Lowell Sun
Before he was a hero to a grateful nation, and before generations of Lowell kids came to know his name as a memorial gymnasium, Jimmy Scondras was a hero to Greek boys growing up in the Acre during the Depression. Some of the boys can still be heard idolizing Scondras weekday mornings at the McDonald's on Drum Hill Road in Chelmsford, where they meet for coffee. At 83, Charles "Dino" Boutselis' eyes shine like he again is watching baseball on the North Common in Lowell in the late 1930s. . .

Wagner takes NEC break against Holy Cross, but still eyes title
November 9, 2012 * By Jim Waggoner * Staten Island Advance
Wagner College has some business to take care of Saturday, with Holy Cross paying a visit to Grymes Hill for a relatively rare meeting between the Northeast Conference and Patriot League. But the Seahawks couldn’t be blamed for keeping an eye on a game being played in Pittsburgh, where a victory by host Duquesne over Albany would clinch Wagner’s first NEC championship and nail down a bid to the NCAA playoffs. . .

Justin Burrell key to Holy Cross hoop success
November 8, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Justin Burrell is holding out hope. “I still think I'm going to grow,” Holy Cross' 5-foot-9 point guard said with a laugh before a recent practice, “so I'm not going to say I've stopped yet.” In all seriousness, Burrell is confident in his height and in himself, and what he lacks in stature, he tries to make up for with his speed, quickness, ability to get into tight spaces, and most of all his passion. . .

Yale opens season at Holy Cross
November 8, 2012 * By Sarah Onorato * Yale Daily News
Yale women’s basketball will open its season this Friday against Holy Cross after being ranked third in the Ivy League preseason poll. The Bulldogs return almost all of last year’s squad, which finished third in the Ivies behind Princeton and Harvard. The three-time defending champion Tigers tops this year’s rankings, followed by the Crimson and the Elis. . .

Justin Burrell finds inspiration in Kendall Marshall
November 6, 2012 * By David Fawcett * Manassas News & Messenger
Justin Burrell watched the momentous event unfold first-hand and it left him happy and motivated. Burrell’s long-time friend Kendall Marshall had just been drafted with the 13th overall pick by Phoenix in the NBA Draft last June and Burrell was there to share this special moment with Marshall and Marshall’s family. The former Potomac High School graduate knew how long Marshall had worked to reach this point and he felt nothing but pride to see him finally attain his goal of playing in the NBA. . .

Dudzinski ready to be a little nasty
November 4, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross coach Milan Brown told Dave Dudzinski to be an all-league post player this season. No pressure or anything. “Coach has been very, very clear,” the 6-foot-9 junior forward said. “I want me to do the same thing.” Dudzinski is coming off a respectable year during which he averaged 9.4 points and a team-best 6 rebounds to help the Crusaders to a 15-14 record, but Brown believes he can be so much more. . .

Lepley tries to take HC's opponents to school
November 4, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
As a student teacher at Burncoat High, Holy Cross senior Amy Lepley is just a couple of years older than some of the kids she's helping to learn honors geometry and pre-calculus. “Ms. Lepley” is a title she's still getting used to — “It's weird for me not to be called by my first name,” she said — but she has commanded the classroom since she walked in it. . .