Crusaders Prepare To Face Dayton At The DCU Center
Nov. 30, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-0, 0-0 PL) vs. Dayton (4-1, 0-0 A-10)
Date: December 1, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: DCU Center (13,008), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color; www.sportsjuice.com, internet
Dayton Radio: Tom Michaels, play-by-play; Bucky Bockhorn, color; WHIO 1290 AM, Dayton, Ohio
Sirius Satellite Radio: Frank Santore, play-by-play; Channel 107
Series Record: Dayton leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: Dayton 69, Holy Cross 53 (Dec. 2, 2006, Dayton, Ohio)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. F 33 Colin Cunningham 6-6 210 Jr. F 53 Eric Meister 6-8 230 So. 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 DAYTON: This will be only the fourth meeting between the Crusaders and the Flyers on the hardwood. Last season, Dayton posted a 69-53 home victory over Holy Cross. The previous two games between the schools came in the postseason, during the National Invitation Tournament. On March 8, 1979, Dayton posted a 105-81 home victory, in the opening round of the NIT. In the first meeting between the teams, Holy Cross won 85-76 at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 1961, in the NIT third place game.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Dayton leads, 2-1
In Worcester: First Meeting
At the DCU Center: First Meeting
Ralph Willard vs. Dayton: 0-1
Brian Gregory vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Dayton, two games
CRUSADERS OFF TO FAST START: If Holy Cross can defeat Dayton, it would start the season 7-0 for the first time since the 1976-1977 campaign. In 1976-1977, the Crusaders won their first eight games of the year with victories over Dartmouth (75-57), Vermont (96-85), Buffalo (123-89), UMass (92-85 in overtime), Providence (67-65), Harvard (86-68), Iona (95-79) and Michigan State (70-61). This season's 6-0 start is the best by Holy Cross during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach. Previously, the best start by the Crusaders under Willard came in 2006-2007, when they started 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 year marks the ninth time in school history in which Holy Cross has opened a season with at least six straight victories.
HOLY CROSS AT THE DCU CENTER: The Crusaders will be making their 19th appearance at the DCU Center, formerly known as the Worcester Centrum. Holy Cross owns an all-time record of just 6-12 at the DCU Center, but stands 3-2 under the direction of head coach Ralph Willard. The most recent contest for the Crusaders at the DCU Center came on Dec. 21, 2006, when they fell to George Mason 58-46. Holy Cross' other appearances at the DCU Center under Willard came against Boston College (63-53 loss on Jan. 17, 2006; 71-70 win on Dec. 1, 2002), Iona (78-53 win on Jan. 18, 2005) and Massachusetts (78-65 win on Nov. 25, 2000). In 2005, the DCU Center served as a site for first and second round games of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. The building previously hosted NCAA first and second round games in 1992. Overall, a total of 41 Division I collegiate men's basketball games have been played at the DCU Center in its history. The first contests came on Dec. 29, 1982, when Holy Cross defeated Davidson 65-62 and Iona downed George Washington 65-57 in the Shawmut Worcester County Classic.
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 six games of the season, he has averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest, while hitting 63.3 percent (38 of 60) of his field goal attempts. In Wednesday's victory over Yale, Clifford totaled a season-high 23 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists, while hitting 10 of 14 field goal attempts. Previously against Ohio, he scored 11 points on five of six shooting from the floor. Clifford 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 813 points, 385 rebounds and 154 blocked shots. He currently needs 187 points to become Holy Cross' 44th 1,000-point scorer.
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 154 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).
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 Wednesday's victory over Yale, Cunningham posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while making all three of his three-point attempts. In the previous game against Ohio, he totaled 12 points and three rebounds. 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), Harvard (13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals) and Hampton (10 points, six rebounds and five assists). Overall this season, Cunningham is now averaging 11.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
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 six games played so far this year, he is averaging 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. In Wednesday's victory over Yale, Meister totaled eight points and nine assists, while making his first career start. He previously posted eight points and six rebounds against Ohio, while recording seven points and nine boards in the season opener against Hofstra. 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.
YALE RECAP: Tim Clifford recorded 23 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 60-39 victory over Yale at the Hart Center on Nov. 28, 2007. Clifford's sixth blocked shot of the night was the 154th of his collegiate career, to set a new school career record. He broke the old mark of 153 blocked shots, set by Nate Lufkin from 2001-2005. The Crusaders opened the game with a 10-3 run, including a pair of three-pointers by Colin Cunningham. Holy Cross was still up by seven (19-12) with seven minutes left before the break, when it went on a 13-5 run to take a 32-17 advantage into the lockerroom. In the first six minutes of the second half, the Crusaders used a 10-1 run to build their lead up to 24 points (42-18). Yale would get no closer than 16 points the rest of the way, before Holy Cross finally won 60-39. The Crusaders turned in one of their top defensive efforts of the season, holding the Bulldogs to just 39 points and 26.7 percent shooting from the field. Holy Cross also recorded 10 steals and eight blocked shots, while forcing Yale to commit 18 turnovers. Cunningham finished the night with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, good for his first career double-double. Eric Meister also played well in the first start of his collegiate career, totaling eight points and nine boards. Yale was led by Eric Flato, Caleb Holmes and Nick Holmes with eight points each.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In six games played so far this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 53.5 points per contest, 36.6 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 9.0 boards per game, while forcing 15.3 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 58.5 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).
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 165-89 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 309-213. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
THE LAST MEETING WITH DAYTON: Keith Simmons totaled 15 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Dayton 69-53 at the University of Dayton Arena on Dec. 2, 2006. The game was close in the early minutes of play, and the score was tied 11-11 at the 12:31-mark of the first half. Dayton then went on a 9-0 run over the next five minutes, to build a 20-11 lead. But Holy Cross came right back with a 12-0 spurt of its own to claim its first lead of the night, 23-20 with 3:58 remaining in the half. Simmons scored six of his points during that run, while Torey Thomas and Pat Doherty both added three-point field goals. The Flyers were able to tie up the score three times in the closing minutes of the half, before the Crusaders took a 29-27 lead into the break. Dayton then came out of the locker room on fire, opening the second half with a 13-3 run to reclaim the lead. Holy Cross was still down by just five points (42-37) with 11 minutes remaining in regulation, before the Flyers used a 9-1 spurt to put the game away. The Crusaders would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way, as Dayton eventually extended its lead to 16 points in the closing seconds. Thomas finished the game with 13 points, four assists and three steals, while Doherty added nine points and three assists. Dayton was led by Norman Plummer with 19 points and four rebounds, while Charles Little chipped in with 16 points and three assists.
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 six contests of the season, Doherty has averaged 9.7 points, 5.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. In the 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 362 points, 170 assists, 113 rebounds and 82 steals.
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 season. In five games played so far this season, he has averaged 10.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest. 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.
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 36.0 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 9.0 boards per contest. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players averaging at least 3.7 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 5.3 boards per contest. Junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 5.2 rebounds per game, senior center Tim Clifford has chipped in 4.8 boards per game and junior guard Pat Doherty has contributed 3.7 rebounds per contest. 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.
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 six games of the season, he has averaged 4.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. In the 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 six games played, he has averaged 8.7 points and 2.8 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.
CRUSADERS EXTEND HART CENTER WINNING STREAK: Holy Cross currently owns a 22-game winning streak at the Hart Center, including a perfect 4-0 record so far this season. The Crusaders own the sixth longest current home court winning streak in the nation, behind only Memphis (36 games), Brigham Young (34 games), Wisconsin (27 games), UCLA (25 games) and Notre Dame (23 games). In addition, the 22-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 295-104 all-time at the Hart Center, including an 82-12 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. 22 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 8.7 points per game so far this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game, followed by junior forward Colin Cunningham at 11.5 points per contest. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan has averaged 10.2 points per game, junior guard Pat Doherty has added 9.7 points per contest, and sophomore forward Adam May is chipping in with 8.7 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).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 89th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1255-799 (.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.
HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 15th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .6784 through games of Nov. 28. The Crusaders are the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Bucknell (84th, .5766). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 77th 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)
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 FLYERS: Dayton enters the game with an overall record of 4-1 on the year. The Flyers have won three straight, including a 63-62 victory at Miami of Ohio on Wednesday night. Senior guard Brian Roberts leads the team in scoring with an average of 22.4 points per game, while hitting 56.3 percent of his shots from three-point range (18 of 32) and 82.4 percent of his free throws (14 of 17). Freshman forward Chris Wright chips in with 15.8 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per contest, while junior forward Charles Little has added 8.2 points and 5.4 boards per game. Dayton is led by head coach Brian Gregory, who owns an overall record of 79-50 in five seasons with the Flyers. During the 2003-2004 campaign, Gregory's team posted an overall record of 24-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
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: Junior forward Alex Vander Baan had started 42 straight contests before missing the Yale game due to injury ... 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.