November 27, 2007

Men's Basketball Puts Win Streak On The Line Against Yale

Nov. 27, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-0, 0-0 PL) vs. Yale (1-3, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: November 26, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color; WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Yale Radio: WYBC 1340 AM, New Haven, Conn.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 34-28
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 63, Yale 58 (November 29, 2006, New Haven, Conn.)


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 YALE: This will be the 63rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Bulldogs on the hardwood. Holy Cross holds a 34-28 advantage in the all-time series, including wins in seven of the last 10 games. Yale's last win in the series came on Dec. 11, 2002, when it posted a 70-66 victory in Hartford. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 13-6 advantage in the series, including a 7-2 mark at the Hart Center. Holy Cross and Yale first met on Feb. 10, 1903, with the Bulldogs posting a 26-10 victory in Worcester.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 34-28
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 13-6
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 7-2
Ralph Willard vs. Yale: 3-1
James Jones vs. Holy Cross: 1-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-2

CRUSADERS OFF TO FAST START: If Holy Cross can defeat Yale, it would start the season 6-0 for the first time since the 1988-1989 campaign. In 1988-1989, the Crusaders opened the year with wins over 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 season's 5-0 mark matches Holy Cross' best start during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach. The Crusaders also won their first five games during the 2006-2007 campaign, when it posted victories over Fairfield (67-65 in overtime), Hampton (62-47), Siena (65-57), Harvard (82-69) and William & Mary (66-57). This year marks the 12th time in school history in which Holy Cross has opened a season with at least five straight victories.

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 five games of the season, he has averaged 13.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest, while hitting 60.9 percent (28 of 46) of his field goal attempts. In Monday's victory over Ohio, Clifford scored 11 points on five of six shooting from the floor. He also had a big night against Harvard with 22 points and four rebounds, after recording 22 points and six rebounds at Hampton. 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. Clifford's biggest game last season came on Feb. 15, 2007, at Navy, when he scored a career-high 33 points to go along with four rebounds and four blocked shots (hitting 12 of 19 field goals and all eight of his free throws). Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Clifford has now totaled 790 points, 377 rebounds and 148 blocked shots. He currently stands just five blocks away from Nate Lufkin's school record of 153 career blocked shots, while needing 210 points to become Holy Cross' 44th 1,000-point scorer.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In five games played so far this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 56.4 points per contest, 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.2 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 8.8 boards per game, while forcing 14.8 turnovers per contest. Last season, the Crusaders held their opponents to 57.5 points per game and 41.4 percent shooting from the floor. Holy Cross also averaged 9.5 steals and 3.6 blocks per contest, while forcing the opposition to commit 16.9 turnovers per game and outrebounding its opponents by 4.3 boards per contest. In addition, the Crusaders held 23 of their 34 opponents to under 60 points during regulation. Holy Cross was particularly strong over the last 18 contests of the year, holding its opponents to 53.4 points per game on 39.4 percent shooting during that span. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has held the opposition to only 58.6 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).

CRUSADERS LOOK TO EXTEND HART CENTER WINNING STREAK: Holy Cross currently owns a 21-game winning streak at the Hart Center, including a perfect 3-0 record so far this season. The Crusaders own the seventh longest current home court winning streak in the nation, behind only Memphis (35 games), Brigham Young (34 games), Ohio State (28 games), Wisconsin (27 games), UCLA (24 games) and Notre Dame (23 games). In addition, the 21-game winning streak is the longest in the history of the Hart Center, which opened on December 1, 1975. 14-0 record at home last season. 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 294-104 all-time at the Hart Center, including an 81-12 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.  21 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)

CUNNINGHAM STARTS SEASON STRONG: Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.), who took over as the starting small forward for Holy Cross this year, has been one of the Crusaders' top players so far this season. In Monday's victory over Ohio, Cunningham totaled 12 points and three rebounds. He previously totaled 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals against Harvard, while recording 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in the win at Hampton. Cunningham also had a big night at Fairfield, leading the team with a career-high 17 points, including a perfect 10 of 10 performance at the free throw line. Overall this season, Cunningham is now averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

OHIO RECAP: Kyle Cruze drove the lane and hit a layup with 2.6 seconds remaining, to break a 60-60 tie and lead Holy Cross to a 62-60 victory over Ohio at the Hart Center on Nov. 26, 2007. Cruze finished the game with seven points, four assists and three rebounds, while making all three of his field goal attempts. The game was tight throughout a first half which featured four ties and five lead changes. After the score was tied at 19-19 with 5:22 left in the half, Ohio went on a 5-0 run to go up 24-19. The Bobcats would eventually take a three-point lead (31-28) into the lockerroom. Ohio increased its lead to six points early in the second half, before the Crusaders went on a 6-0 run to tie up the score at 34-34. The Bobcats were able to go back in front, and still held a 46-43 advantage with nine minutes left to play. Holy Cross then went on a 9-0 run, including five points by Colin Cunningham, to take its first lead of the second half (52-46 with 6:32 remaining). The Crusaders were still up by six (59-53) at the 2:43-mark, before Ohio went on a 7-1 run, and Michael Allen's three-pointer with 9.4 seconds left tied up the score at 60-60. But Cruze then drove the length of the court for the game winning shot. Pat Doherty finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals for Holy Cross, while Cunningham added 12 points and three rebounds. Tim Clifford also had a solid night with 11 points and three rebounds. Ohio was led by Justin Orr with 18 points and four rebounds, while Leon Williams added 12 points and 10 boards.

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 five contests of the season, Doherty has averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. In Monday's victory over Ohio, he recorded 12 points, six assists and three steals. Doherty previously totaled 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals at Fairfield, after tying his career-high with 18 points against Hofstra, to go along with four assists and three rebounds. In 28 games played last season, Doherty averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. His top game last year came at Yale when he totaled 18 points, four assists and three steals, while hitting five of six shots from the field and all four of his three-point attempts. 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 356 points, 164 assists, 112 rebounds and 79 steals.

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 164-89 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 308-213. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH YALE: Pat Doherty totaled a career-high 18 points, four assists and three steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 63-58 victory over Yale at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Nov. 29, 2006. Doherty made five of six field goal attempts on the night, including all four of his three-point attempts, in addition to a perfect four of four performance on the foul line. After Yale's Casey Hughes, scored the first basket of the game, the Crusaders went on a 12-1 run over the next six minutes to take a 12-3 lead. The Holy Cross lead would fluctuate from four to 10 points for the rest of the half, before the Crusaders finally took a 28-20 lead into the locker room. The Bulldogs kept the score close throughout the early parts of the second half, and eventually cut the lead down to three points, 43-40 with eight minutes left to play. Holy Cross would then use a 13-6 run to build its lead back up to double figures, 56-46 with 3:15 remaining. But Yale refused to go away, responding with a 6-0 run of its own to make the score 56-52 with 1:30 left in the game. The Bulldogs were able to make it a three-point game in the closing seconds, but Holy Cross made seven of 10 free throw attempts in the final minute of play to secure the victory. Keith Simmons finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds, while Alex Vander Baan recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Yale was led by Ross Morin and Eric Flato with 13 points a piece.

VANDER BAAN RETURNS TO STARTING LINEUP: Junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is once again a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this season. Through the first five contests of the season, he has averaged 10.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. In the victory over Harvard, Vander Baan totaled 18 points and eight rebounds, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. Previously at Fairfield, he recorded 11 points and four rebounds. Vander Baan also had a big night in the season opener against Hofstra, pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds, in addition to totaling 10 points, three assists and three blocks. 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. Vander Baan also totaled 13 points and six rebounds in the home game against Navy, while posting a double-double against Siena with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Vander Baan has now totaled 465 points, 378 rebounds, 108 assists, 50 steals and 25 blocked shots.

MEISTER LOOKS TO BUILD ON ALL-ROOKIE YEAR: Sophomore forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is coming off a 2006-2007 season in which he was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. In five games played so far this year, he is averaging 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. Meister had seven points and nine rebounds in the season opener against Hofstra, then posted eight points and six boards in the victory over Ohio. Last year, Meister averaged 3.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as the first big man off the bench for the Crusaders. His top game last season came against Southern Illinois in the NCAA Tournament, when he scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Meister also had a big night in the 2007 Patriot League quarterfinal victory over Lafayette, when he just missed a double-double with nine points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. In addition, he pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in last year's victory at Harvard.

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 five games of the season, he has averaged 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. In Monday's victory over Ohio, Cruze hit the game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds remaining, while totaling seven points, four assists and he rebounds. Previously against Hofstra, Cruze scored in double figures for just the second time in his collegiate career, totaling 10 points, two rebounds and two steals. He also finished with nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win at Fairfield. Last season, Cruze started 25 games for the Crusaders, averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.

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 five games played, he has averaged 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. May's top game so far this year came against Harvard, when he scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down six rebounds. He also 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.

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 outrebounded each of its first five opponents, while averaging 35.2 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 8.8 boards per contest. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players averaging at least 4.2 rebounds per game. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with an average of 8.0 rebounds per game, followed by sophomore forward Eric Meister with 4.6 boards per contest. Senior center Tim Clifford, junior forward Colin Cunningham and junior guard Pat Doherty have also contributed with 4.2 rebounds per game each. 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.

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 9.2 points per game so far this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game, followed by junior forward Colin Cunningham at 11.2 points per contest. Junior guard Pat Doherty has averaged 10.4 points per game, junior forward Alex Vander Baan has added 10.2 points per contest, and sophomore forward Adam May is chipping in with 9.2 points per game.

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).

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 13th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .6977 through games of Nov. 26. The Crusaders are the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Bucknell (41st, .6331). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 62nd best in the country, and 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 11th 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 1254-799 (.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.

CRUSADERS EARN FIFTH PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWN: Last year, Holy Cross won the fifth Patriot League Tournament title in school history with its 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. The Crusaders' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). Holy Cross' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Navy having the second most (three in 1994, 1997 and 1998). Holy Cross also appeared in the championship game for the third straight season and the sixth time in the last seven years. Overall, the Crusaders made their conference-record ninth appearance in the Patriot League championship game.

CRUSADERS CAPTURE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Last year, Holy Cross won a share of the fifth Patriot League regular season championship in school history. The Crusaders tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to last season, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders are the only team in league history to win more than two outright titles, while their five total championships are tied for the most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared) and Bucknell (two outright, three shared).

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.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Yale enters the game with an overall record of 1-3 on the year. The Bulldogs have lost their last three games, against UCLA (81-47), Stanford (72-61) and Massachusetts (89-80), after defeating Sacred Heart 82-71 in their season opener. Senior center Mat Kyle leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, in addition to posting 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest. Senior guard Eric Flato chips in with 12.8 points and 2.8 assists per game, while senior forward Caleb Holmes averages 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Yale is led by head coach James Jones, who owns an overall record of 105-122 in nine seasons with the Bulldogs. During the 2001-2002 season, Jones led Yale to an overall record of 21-11 and the school's first Ivy League championship since 1962-1963.

HOLY 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 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 ... The Crusaders went 4-0 in overtime games last season, and have now won their last seven overtime contests ... 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 ... Holy Cross won 14 straight Patriot League regular season contests from Feb. 15, 2006-Feb. 6, 2007, good for the fourth-longest conference winning streak in league history ... The Crusaders are ranked 10th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 Poll from CollegeInsider.com, released on November 26.