Holy Cross Heads To Philadelphia To Face St. Joseph's

Dec. 3, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-1, 0-0 PL) vs. St. Joseph's (4-2, 0-0 A-10)
Date: December 4, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse (3,200), Philadelphia, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: Hawks All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet
St. Joseph's Radio: Tom McCarthy, play-by-play; Joe Lunardi, color; WNTP 990 AM, Philadelphia, Pa.
Series Record: St. Joseph's leads, 3-0
Last Meeting: St. Joseph's 68, Holy Cross 60 (March 21, 2005, Philadelphia, Pa.)


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 ST. JOSEPH'S: This will be only the fourth meeting between the Crusaders and the Hawks on the hardwood. The last contest came on March 25, 2005, when St. Joseph's posted a 68-60 victory in Philadelphia in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Hawks previously defeated the Crusaders 82-63 in Philadelphia on Dec. 26, 1964, and 62-58 in College Park, Md., on Dec. 30, 1978.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: St. Joseph's leads, 3-0
In Philadelphia: St. Joseph's leads, 2-0
At Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse: St. Joseph's leads, 1-0
Ralph Willard vs. St. Joseph's: 0-1
Phil Martelli vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: St. Joseph's, three games

AMAZING AGAINST THE ATLANTIC 10: The Crusaders have enjoyed a great deal of success against schools from the Atlantic 10 Conference during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach. Holy Cross stands 10-4 against Atlantic 10 foes under Willard, including last Saturday's 55-53 loss to Dayton. Prior to a 68-60 loss at St. Joseph's in the 2005 National Invitation Tournament, the Crusaders had won eight straight against Atlantic 10 opponents, since they were downed by Fordham 87-73 on Nov. 27, 1999. The Crusaders own an all-time record of 125-108 against the 14 schools which are currently members of the Atlantic 10 (0-1 vs. Charlotte, 1-3 against Dayton, 3-5 vs. Duquesne, 39-41 against Fordham, 0-2 vs. George Washington, 6-16 against La Salle, 36-17 vs. Massachusetts, 26-12 against Rhode Island, 3-2 vs. St. Bonaventure, 0-3 against St. Joseph's, 2-3 vs. St. Louis, 6-3 against Temple and 3-0 vs. Xavier).

CRUSADERS OFF TO 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.

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 seven games of the season, he has averaged 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest, while hitting 60.8 percent (45 of 74) of his field goal attempts. In the Dayton game, Clifford led the team with 20 points, hitting seven of 14 field goal attempts and two of four three-pointers. During the previous contest against Yale, he totaled a season-high 23 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists, while hitting 10 of 14 field goal attempts. Clifford also played well against Ohio, scoring 11 points on five of six shooting from the floor. Some of Clifford's other top games this season have been against Harvard (22 points and four rebounds) and Hampton (22 points and six rebounds). 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 833 points, 388 rebounds and 155 blocked shots. He currently needs 167 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 155 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).

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 six games played so far this season, he has averaged 10.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. During the Dayton game, Vander Baan recorded 11 points and seven rebounds, while hitting all three of his shots from the floor. Previously against Harvard, he totaled 18 points and eight rebounds, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. Vander Baan also had 11 points and four rebounds at Fairfield, while totaling 15 rebounds, 10 points, three assists and three blocks against Hofstra in the season opener. 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 476 points, 385 rebounds, 109 assists, 51 steals and 25 blocked shots.

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 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. Previously 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 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

DAYTON RECAP: Tim Clifford totaled 20 points and three rebounds, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Dayton 55-53 at the DCU Center on Dec. 1, 2007. The Crusaders opened the game on a 7-2 run, including five points from Alex Vander Baan. Holy Cross would increase its lead to six points (16-10) with 11 minutes left in the first half, before the Flyers went on a 10-2 run to claim their first lead of the game. Dayton eventually held a 26-25 advantage at the break. The Flyers held a two-point lead (31-29) with 18 minutes remaining in regulation, when the Crusaders used an 11-2 spurt to claim their largest lead of the night, 40-33 with 10:40 left. But Holy Cross then went cold from the field, and Dayton went on a 15-1 run to take the lead for good. Clifford hit two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds to keep the Crusaders in the game, but Holy Cross was not able to get a shot off on its final possession as the Flyers held on to win by two. Vander Baan finished the night with 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Crusaders. Dayton was led by Jimmy Binnie with 13 points and six rebounds.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In seven games played so far this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 53.7 points per contest, 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 35.3 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 8.4 boards per game, while forcing 15.6 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 58.4 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 165-90 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 309-214. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH ST. JOSEPH'S: Four players scored in double figures, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by St. Joseph's 68-60 on March 21, 2005 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Hawks opened the game with an 8-0 run, and would quickly expand their lead to 11 points (15-4) just five minutes into the game. St. Joseph's eventually led by 13 points (32-19), before the Crusaders closed the first half with a 6-1 run to trail by only eight (33-25) heading into the lockerroom. After the Hawks scored on their opening possession of the second half, Holy Cross used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to two points (35-33) with 15 minutes left to play. The Crusaders were able to get as close as one point three times over the next six minutes, but never took the lead. St. Joseph's led 42-41 with 9:41 remaining, when it went on a 9-2 run to regain control of the game. Holy Cross would get no closer than five points in the final three minutes, and the Hawks hit all eight of their free throws in the final minute to hold on for the victory. John Hurley led the Crusaders with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Kevin Hamilton totaled 12 points and four assists. Greg Kinsey added 10 points and seven rebounds for Holy Cross, and Keith Simmons chipped in with 10 points. Pat Carroll and Dwayne Lee both scored 15 points to lead St. Joseph's.

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 seven contests of the season, Doherty has averaged 8.7 points, 5.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 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 365 points, 175 assists, 115 rebounds and 84 steals.

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 seven games played so far this year, he is averaging 5.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest. In the 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.

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 seven opponents, while averaging 34.6 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 8.4 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 7.8 rebounds per game, followed by junior forward Colin Cunningham and sophomore forward Eric Meister with 4.9 boards per contest each. Senior center Tim Clifford has added 4.6 rebounds per game, while junior guard Pat Doherty has contributed 3.4 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 seven games of the season, he has averaged 4.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 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 seven games played, he has averaged 8.1 points and 2.7 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 8.1 points per game so far this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game, followed by junior forward Colin Cunningham at 10.6 points per contest. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan has averaged 10.3 points per game, junior guard Pat Doherty has added 8.7 points per contest, and sophomore forward Adam May is chipping in with 8.1 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 1255-800 (.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 51st in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .6059 through games of Dec. 2. The Crusaders are the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Colgate (146th, .5201). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 102nd best in the country, and the 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 HAWKS: St. Joseph's enters the game with an overall record of 4-2 on the year. The Hawks are coming off a 79-67 victory over Penn State, and their only losses this season have been to Syracuse (72-69) and Gonzaga (70-65 in overtime). Senior forward Pat Calathes leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.7 points per game, while hitting 86.7 percent of his free throws (39 of 45). Junior forward Ahmad Nivins has added 15.7 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Darrin Govens is scoring 13.8 points per game. St. Joseph's is led by head coach Phil Martelli, who owns an overall record of 244-141 in 13 seasons with the Hawks. Martelli has been named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times, while leading St. Joseph's to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

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 ... 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 ... 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.