Aug. 25, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.), senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) and senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) will serve as the tri-captains of the 2008-2009 Holy Cross men's basketball team, it was announced by head coach Ralph Willard.
Cunningham returns as the starting small forward for Holy Cross, after averaging 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season, while hitting 36.8 percent (28 of 76) of his three-point attempts. He scored in double-figures 13 times in 2007-2008, including a career-high 20 points against American in the Patriot League Tournament. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Cunningham has totaled 403 points, 240 rebounds, 108 assists and 55 steals. He has also made 36.6 percent (53 of 145) of his career three-point field goal attempts.
Doherty will be in his second season as the Crusaders' starting point guard, after averaging 7.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game last year, and hitting 79.1 percent (72 of 91) of his free throw attempts. He led the team in assists 17 times and in steals 13 times last season, in addition to scoring in double figures on seven occasions. The 2004-2005 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Doherty has now totaled 489 points, 248 assists, 168 rebounds and 109 steals over the course of his career as a Crusader.
Vander Baan is entering his fourth year as the starting power forward for Holy Cross, and averaged 8.5 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game last season. He led the team in rebounds eight times in 19 games played in 2007-2008, including a career-high 15 rebounds against Hofstra. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Vander Baan has now totaled 576 points, 446 rebounds, 123 assists, 64 steals and 27 blocked shots, while playing in 85 games with 78 starts.
The Crusaders return three starters and 10 letterwinners from their 2007-2008 squad which went 15-14 overall.