Crusaders Travel To Maryland For Tuesday Night Game
Jan. 7, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-3, 0-0 PL) vs. Maryland (9-6, 0-1 ACC)
Date: January 8, 2008
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Comcast Center (17,950), College Park, Md.
Television: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (tape delay on NESN at 10:30 p.m.); Chick Hernandez, play-by-play; Jack Armstrong, color
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Maryland Radio Network: WHFS 105.7 FM, Baltimore, flagship; Johnny Holiday, play-by-play; Chris Knoche, color
Series Record: Maryland leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: Maryland 99, Holy Cross 75 (January 21, 1985, College Park, Md.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. F 21 Alex Vander Baan 6-9 205 Jr. F 33 Colin Cunningham 6-6 210 Jr. C 00 Tim Clifford 6-11 260 Sr. G 2 Kyle Cruze 6-2 175 Sr. G 20 Pat Doherty 5-11 170 Jr.
THE SERIES WITH MARYLAND: This will be only the fifth meeting between the Crusaders and the Terrapins on the hardwood, with Maryland leading the all-time series 4-0. The last game between the two schools came on Jan. 21, 1985, when the Terrapins posted a 99-75 home victory. Maryland also owns a 2-0 lead in the series for games played in College Park. Against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 61-68 (57-52 vs. Boston College, 0-2 against Clemson, 0-2 vs. Duke, 0-4 against Maryland, 0-1 vs. Miami, 1-1 against North Carolina, 2-4 vs. North Carolina State and 1-2 against Wake Forest).
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Maryland leads, 4-0
In College Park: Maryland leads, 2-0
At the Comcast Center: First Meeting
Ralph Willard vs. Maryland: 0-2
Gary Williams vs. Holy Cross: 4-0
Current Win Streak: Maryland, four games
HOLY CONTINUES ANOTHER ROAD TRIP: For the sixth time in their last seven games, the Crusaders will play another contest away from the Hart Center when they travel to Maryland on Jan. 8 at 8:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then stay on the road for its Patriot League opener at Lafayette on Jan. 12 at 1:00 p.m. The next home game for the Crusaders will not come until Jan. 16, when they play host to Army in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Hart Center. So far this season, Holy Cross has posted a 4-2 record in games played on its opponent's home court.
CLIFFORD PLAYS BIG ROLE IN THE MIDDLE: Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) is once again among the top big men in the conference this season, after earning second team All-Patriot League honors in 2006-2007. In the first 12 games of the season, he has averaged 17.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per contest, while hitting 60.3 percent (85 of 141) of his field goal attempts. In the San Francisco game, Clifford recorded 17 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two assists. During the previous contest against Boston University, he totaled 16 points and eight rebounds, while tying his career-high with six blocked shots. Clifford also had a big day at Sacred Heart, leading the team with 24 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Some of Clifford's other top games this season have been against Siena (26 points on 11 of 16 shooting), Yale (23 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists), Harvard (22 points and four rebounds), Hampton (22 points and six rebounds), Dayton (20 points), St. Joseph's (16 points and seven rebounds) and Ohio (11 points on five of six shooting). In 34 games played last year, Clifford averaged 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. He was even more impressive in Patriot League regular season games, averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Clifford has now totaled 932 points, 421 rebounds and 168 blocked shots. He currently needs 68 points to become Holy Cross' 44th 1,000-point scorer.
MAY PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) has been the first Holy Cross player off the bench this season at the wing positions. In 12 games played, he has averaged 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds, while hitting 40.0 percent (eight of 12) of his three-point field goal attempts. In the victory at San Francisco, May scored 12 points on four of five shooting, including the Crusaders' final nine points in overtime. He also had an outstanding game earlier in the season against Harvard, with a career-high 16 points and six rebounds. In addition, May had nine points and two rebounds at Fairfield, while scoring eight points against Ohio. Last season, May played in 18 games for the Crusaders, totaling 29 points and eight rebounds.
DOHERTY TAKES OVER AT THE POINT: Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has taken over as the starting point guard for the Crusaders this year, after serving as the first guard off the bench in 2006-2007. Through the first 12 contests of the season, Doherty has averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. During the San Francisco game, Doherty recorded 16 points and four rebounds, while hitting six of 10 shots from the field. In the previous contest against Boston University, he led the team with a career-high 20 points, in addition to posting three assists and three steals. Doherty also had a big day against Siena, totaling 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. Some of Doherty's other top performances this season have come against Hofstra (18 points, four assists and three rebounds), Ohio (12 points, six assists and three steals) and Fairfield (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals). In 28 games played last season, Doherty averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. Doherty returned to the Holy Cross lineup last season, after missing the majority of the 2005-2006 campaign due to injury, and receiving a medical redshirt. As a freshman in 2004-2005, Doherty was honored as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 424 points, 196 assists, 132 rebounds and 91 steals.
CUNNINGHAM STARTS SEASON STRONG: Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has taken over as the starting small forward for Holy Cross this year, and has been one of the Crusaders' top players. In the Boston University game, he totaled 16 points, four rebounds and three steals, while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. Previously at Sacred Heart, Cunningham recorded 10 points and four rebounds. Earlier in the season against Yale, he posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while making all three of his three-point attempts. Some of Cunningham's other top performances this season have come against Fairfield (career-high 17 points, 10 of 10 on the free throw line), Siena (15 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals), Harvard (13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals), Ohio (12 points and three rebounds) and Hampton (10 points, six rebounds and five assists). Overall this season, Cunningham is now averaging 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while hitting 41.0 percent (16 of 39) of his three-point attempts.
SAN FRANCISCO RECAP: Adam May scored 12 points, including nine points in overtime, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 67-63 victory over San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium on Jan. 5, 2008. After the score was tied at 4-4 four minutes into the game, Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-4 lead. A few minutes later, the Crusaders used an 8-1 spurt to build their lead up to double figures, 22-10 with 7:30 left before the break. Holy Cross would eventually increase its lead to 17 points (31-14), before taking a 33-18 advantage into the locker room. San Francisco chipped away at the Holy Cross lead throughout the early parts of the second half, but the Crusaders were still up by six (55-49) with less then two minutes to play. But Manny Quezada hit a pair of three-pointers down the stretch to tie the score at 55-55 and force overtime. In the extra session, the Dons scored the first six points to take a 61-55 lead. But Holy Cross would not going away, scoring eight straight points to claim a 63-61 lead. May scored five of those points, hitting a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to put the Crusaders in front. After San Francisco tied up the score at 63-63, May hit a jump shot to put Holy Cross in the lead for good. May then stole the ball and converted a fast break layup for the final points of the day. Tim Clifford recorded 17 points and five rebounds for the Crusaders, while Pat Doherty added 16 points and four boards. San Francisco was led by Dior Lowhorn with 24 points and nine rebounds.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In 12 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 59.3 points per contest, 40.7 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 5.4 boards per game, while forcing 15.1 turnovers per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has held its opposition to only 58.7 points per contest. In addition, the Crusaders have ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in five of the last six seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6; fifth in 2004-2005 at 56.8; and eighth in 2006-2007 at 57.5). Here is a look at Holy Cross' defensive statistics under Ralph Willard.
Season PPG FG% 3FG% SPG BPG 1999-2000 63.3 39.6 31.3 6.5 3.8 2000-2001 62.3 38.2 35.2 6.3 5.2 2001-2002 59.6 42.0 38.5 7.8 3.1 2002-2003 58.7 40.6 33.2 7.9 4.5 2003-2004 58.6 40.3 32.9 10.7 4.5 2004-2005 56.8 38.9 36.3 10.3 5.0 2005-2006 60.5 40.2 30.3 9.1 3.5 2006-2007 57.5 41.4 37.8 9.5 3.6
CLIFFORD BREAKS BLOCKED SHOT RECORD: Senior center Tim Clifford broke the Holy Cross record for career blocked shots during the victory over Yale on Nov. 28, 2007. Clifford's record-breaking block came at the 5:15-mark of the second half, when he swatted away an attempted jump shot by the Bulldogs' Porter Braswell. That block moved him past Nate Lufkin (2001-2005), who had 153 blocked shots during his Holy Cross career. Clifford, who currently has 168 blocked shots during his career as a Crusader, also owns two of the top six spots on the school single season list for blocks (64 in 2006-2007; 48 in 2005-2006).
THE LAST MEETING WITH MARYLAND: Jim McCaffrey scored 27 points and handed out four assists, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Maryland 99-75 at Cole Field House on Jan. 21, 1985. The Crusaders led 8-6 after the first two and a half minutes of play, before the Terrapins went on a 13-2 run to claim a 19-10 advantage. The Maryland lead would grow as large as 16 points (37-21) late in the half, before Holy Cross used an 11-0 spurt to get back in the game. Heading into the locker room, the Terrapins held a 41-34 lead. The Crusaders stayed close early in the second half, and trailed by just six (58-52) with 11 minutes left to play. But Maryland then went on a 15-6 run to build its lead back to double figures, and never looked back. The Terrapin lead eventually grew as large as 26 points, before Maryland finally won by 24. Brian Reale finished with 15 points and five rebounds for Holy Cross, while Paul Durkee added 12 points off the bench. All five of Maryland's starters scored in double figures, led by Adrian Branch with 26 points, six rebounds and three assists.
CLIFFORD NAMED PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior center Tim Clifford was named the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Clifford was also one of five players selected to the preseason all-conference team. Along with Clifford, other selections to the squad were Army senior guard Jarell Brown, Bucknell senior guard John Griffin, Lehigh sophomore guard Marquis Hall and Navy senior guard Greg Sprink. Clifford, Brown and Sprink all earned second team all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 2006-2007 season, while Hall was last year's Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
CRUSADERS PICKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2007-2008 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in first place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 91 total points in the poll, and 10 out of 16 first place votes. Following Holy Cross in the poll were Bucknell (second, 85 points, five first place votes), Colgate (third, 62 points, one first place vote), Lehigh (fourth, 56 points), American (fifth, 49 points), Army (sixth, 42 points), Navy (seventh, 34 points) and Lafayette (eighth, 29 points).
VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is once again a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this year. In 10 games played so far this season, he has averaged 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 44.0 percent (11 of 25) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Siena game, Vander Baan posted 13 points, six rebounds and two steals. Previously at St. Joseph's, he totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, while making all four of his free throws in the final minute of play. Vander Baan also had a big night against Dayton, recording 11 points and seven rebounds, while hitting all three of his shots from the floor. Some of Vander Baan's other top performances this season have come against Harvard (18 points and eight rebounds), Hofstra (15 rebounds, 10 points, three assists and three blocks) and Fairfield (11 points and four rebounds). In 34 games played last year, Vander Baan averaged 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest, while making 36.2 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (17 of 47). His top performance of the 2006-2007 season came at Lehigh on Feb. 25, when he recorded 14 points and eight rebounds. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Vander Baan has now totaled 513 points, 405 rebounds, 113 assists, 55 steals and 25 blocked shots.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders have once again shown themselves to be an outstanding rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has been outrebounded only once in 12 games this season, while averaging 33.1 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 5.4 boards per contest. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players averaging at least 3.4 rebounds per game. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with an average of 6.7 rebounds per game, followed by senior center Tim Clifford with 5.4 boards per contest. Sophomore forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) has totaled 4.6 rebounds per game, while junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 4.3 boards per contest, and junior guard Pat Doherty has contributed 3.4 rebounds per game. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 32.1 rebounds per game, and outrebounded their opponents by an average of 4.3 boards per game. Holy Cross really stepped things up in Patriot League regular season play last year, outrebounding the opposition by 8.0 boards per game, while allowing opponents to average just 25.2 rebounds per contest. Five different players averaged at least 3.6 boards per contest for Holy Cross in 2006-2007.
WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his ninth season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 168-92 during his time in Worcester. He now stands in second place on the all-time school list for career victories, behind only George Blaney (357-276 / 1972-1994). Last season, Willard was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He was previously named the conference's Coach of the Year during the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 seasons, and in 2004-2005 he was also one of 10 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. Willard has led the Crusaders to four Patriot League tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament, during the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 seasons. He has also guided Holy Cross to four Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007, with the 2002-2003 squad posting an overall record of 26-5 to come up just one win shy of the school single season record for victories. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Willard spent five seasons as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and four years as head coach at Western Kentucky University. He led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament during each of his final two seasons (advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1992-1993), and his overall career record stands at 312-216. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of January 3. In addition, senior center Tim Clifford is ranked among the national leaders in field goal percentage and blocked shots. The rankings:
Category Rank Player / Team Avg. Field Goal Percent 20 Tim Clifford 62.0 Scoring Defense 23 Holy Cross 59.0 Rebound Margin 32 Holy Cross +6.8 Free Throw Percent 38 Holy Cross 73.7 Blocked Shots 47 Tim Clifford 2.1
CRUZE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE BACKCOURT: Senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) has developed into a strong player in the Holy Cross backcourt. Through the first 12 games of the season, he has averaged 3.8 points, 2.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest. During the St. Joseph's game, Cruze posted season-highs of 13 points and six assists, while hitting four of five field goal attempts (including three of four three-pointers). Previously against Ohio, he hit the game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds remaining, while totaling seven points, four assists and he rebounds. Earlier this season, Cruze recorded 10 points, two rebounds and two steals against Hofstra, while finishing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win at Fairfield. During the 2006-2007 season, Cruze started 25 games for the Crusaders, averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.
HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Senior center Tim Clifford and senior guard Kyle Cruze have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2007-2008 season, while junior guard Pat Doherty and junior forward Alex Vander Baan will serve as co-captains. These four players will take over the leadership role from Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas, who served as the Crusaders' captains as seniors during the 2006-2007 season.
CRUSADERS HAVE FAST START: Holy Cross began the 2007-2008 season by winning its first six games, good for is best start during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach. Previously, the best start by the Crusaders under Willard came in 2006-2007, when they began the year 5-0 with wins over Fairfield (67-65 in overtime), Hampton (62-47), Siena (65-57), Harvard (82-69) and William & Mary (66-57). This season's 6-0 start was the best by Holy Cross since the 1988-1989 team also opened the year at 6-0, defeating Mount St. Mary's (90-82), New Hampshire (89-73), Assumption (105-84), Harvard (91-74), Fordham (79-68) and Boston College (85-80). This year marked the ninth time in school history in which Holy Cross opened a season with at least six straight victories.
CRUSADERS EXTEND HART CENTER WINNING STREAK: Holy Cross currently owns a 23-game winning streak at the Hart Center, including a perfect 5-0 record so far this season. The Crusaders own the fifth longest current home court winning streak in the nation, behind only Memphis (40 games), Brigham Young (39 games), Notre Dame (30 games) and Indiana (26 games), and tied with Tennessee (23 games). In addition, the 23-game winning streak is the longest in the history of the Hart Center, which opened on December 1, 1975. Last season Holy Cross posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since it moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 28 out of 32 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 15 times. The Crusaders stand 296-104 all-time at the Hart Center, including an 83-12 mark since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Here is a look at the longest winning streaks in Hart Center history.
Rank Streak Dates Ended By 1. 23 games 2/15/2006-present -- 2. 15 games 1/9/1993-1/12/1994 Lehigh (87-85) 3. 14 games 11/23/2002-11/25/2003 Williams (78-71) 14 games 12/22/1980-1/9/1982 Boston U. (96-82) 5. 11 games 12/28/2000-11/20/2001 Boston U. (61-49) 6. 10 games 1/5/2005-3/6/2005 Bucknell (67-51) 10 games 12/1/1975-1/22/1976 Connecticut (73-69)
HOLY CROSS SHOWS BALANCE ON OFFENSE: The Crusaders graduated the top two scorers off of their 2006-2007 team in Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas, but a number of players have stepped up on the offensive end to make up for those losses. Holy Cross currently has five players averaging at least 6.8 points per game so far this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 17.3 points per game, followed by junior guard Pat Doherty at 10.0 points per contest. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan has averaged 9.9 points per game, junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 9.8 points per contest, and sophomore forward Adam May is chipping in with 6.8 points per game.
HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 85th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5546 through games of Jan. 6. The Crusaders are the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Lafayette (152nd, .5094). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the second-hardest in the Patriot League. The Crusaders concluded the 2006-2007 season ranked 59th in the country in the RPI with a rating of .5730. Holy Cross was also ranked 111th in the RPI in 2005-2006 (.5304) and 49th in 2004-2005 (.5657).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 89th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1258-802 (.611), while making 24 postseason tournament appearances -- 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS: Maryland enters the game with an overall record of 9-6 on the year, including an 0-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terrapins have won their last three games, and own an 8-3 mark at home so far this season. Sophomore guard Greivis Vasquez currently leads the team with averages of 16.9 points and 6.1 assists per game. Senior forward James Gist is averaging 14.1 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Eric Hayes (11.0 ppg) and senior forward Bambale Osby (10.9 ppg) are also scoring in double figures. Maryland is led by head coach Gary Williams, who owns a 387-206 mark in 19 years with the Terrapins. Williams' career record stands at 594-334 over 30 seasons, including time at Ohio State, Boston College and American.
HOLT CROSS ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, a number of the Crusaders' basketball contests will be carried by WTAG 580 AM in Worcester. For the 19th straight season, Bob Fouracre will call the play-by-play for most of the games. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their fourth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. WTAG is currently scheduled to air 17 of the Crusaders' 28 regular season games. All 28 regular season games will also be carried live over the internet at "www.sportsjuice.com". In addition, the Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will carry a number of games this year.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross is currently scheduled to have eight games shown on live television during the 2007-2008 season. The Crusaders had 13 television appearances last year, and 10 television games during both the 2005-2006 and 2004-2005 campaigns. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2007-2008 season:
Date Opponent Television Outlet Jan. 2 Boston University WCTR-TV3 Jan. 8 Maryland Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Jan. 12 Lafayette Lafayette Sports Network Jan. 18 Bucknell ESPNU Feb. 2 Lehigh ESPNU Feb. 16 Bucknell ESPN2 Feb. 27 Colgate WCTR-TV3 Feb. 29 Lehigh ESPNU
CRUSADER ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of a number of Holy Cross basketball games will be available over the internet through Crusader All-Access. The package, done in association with College Sports Television Online, is available for a $9.95 monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Crusader All-Access, click here.
DRIBBLES: With the victory at San Francisco, Holy Cross improved to 1-1 on the season in overtime games. The Crusaders now stand 11-3 in overtime contests under Ralph Willard ... Holy Cross posted a perfect 6-0 record in the month of November ... With the victory over Hofstra on Nov. 10, the Crusaders improved to 64-25 all-time in their opening game of the season, including a 7-2 mark under Ralph Willard, Holy Cross also upped its record to 26-7 in home openers since moving into the Hart Center ... Last year, Tim Clifford and Alex Vander Baan both broke the all-time Holy Cross single season records for games played and games started. They both had 34 appearances and starts last year. Eric Meister also broke the record for games played, as he has appeared in all 34 contests last season ... The Crusaders are ranked 13th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 Poll from CollegeInsider.com, released on December 31.