WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and head men's basketball coach Sean Kearney have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2009-2010 season, which is slated to begin on Nov. 13. The Crusaders will play a number of tough non-conference games, including road contests at Nevada-Las Vegas and North Carolina State, and four games against teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference. The schedule also includes a total of 12 regular season home games at the Hart Center.
"We are going to face a very challenging schedule, probably one of the more difficult ones that Holy Cross has seen in recent years," said Kearney. "But we look forward to facing tough competition, both in the Patriot League and in our non-conference schedule."
The Crusaders begin the season with a home game against Harvard (Nov. 13), before travelling to St. Joseph's (Nov. 17). After a home contest with Loyola (Nov. 20), Holy Cross hits the road for games at Rhode Island (Nov. 22), Nevada-Las Vegas (Nov. 25) and Western Michigan (Nov. 28). Following a home date with Marist (Nov. 30), the Crusaders head to Brown (Dec. 2), then come back to Worcester to face Massachusetts at the DCU Center (Dec. 6). Holy Cross will next travel to Fairfield (Dec. 9), before a pair of home games against Sacred Heart (Dec. 22) and George Washington (Dec. 28). The Crusaders then close out the calendar year at Stony Brook (Dec. 31).
Holy Cross returns to action against Central Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Jan. 2), before heading to North Carolina State (Jan. 6). The Crusaders then open Patriot League play at Lafayette (Jan. 9), before returning to the Hart Center for three straight conference home games against Army (Jan. 13), Bucknell (Jan. 16) and Navy (Jan. 20). Following road dates with American (Jan. 23) and Colgate (Jan. 27), Holy Cross comes back home for contests with Lehigh (Jan. 31) and Lafayette (Feb. 6).
The Crusaders will next play three straight conference road games at Army (Feb. 10), Bucknell (Feb. 14) and Navy (Feb. 17), before coming home to face American (Feb. 21) and Colgate (Feb. 24). Holy Cross then closes out the regular season at Lehigh (Feb. 27). All games in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team, with quarterfinal games on March 3, the semifinal round on March 7, and the championship game on March 12.
The Jan. 31 contest with Lehigh and the Feb. 14 game at Bucknell will be shown live on CBS College Sports, as part of the Patriot League television package. Other potential dates on CBS College Sports include the Feb. 21 game with American, the Feb. 27 contest at Lehigh, and the Patriot League quarterfinals and semifinals.
Holy Cross returns four starters and nine letterwinners from its 2008-2009 squad which went 18-14 overall, and placed second in the Patriot League with an 11-3 mark in conference games.