WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and head men's lacrosse coach Adam Pascal have announced the Crusaders' 2011 schedule. Holy Cross is scheduled to play 15 regular season games, including eight at Holy Cross Field which will feature Patriot League games versus Navy and Army.
On Feb. 5, the Crusaders will scrimmage Hobart and Binghamton at Hobart. Holy Cross will start the season with two straight home games with St. John's (Feb. 19) and Hartford (Feb. 26). The Crusaders were 4-3 last year in the first season of play at Holy Cross Field as they had victories over Colgate, Vermont, Quinnipiac and Bryant. The win over Colgate was Holy Cross' first ever over the Raiders. Also at home, Holy Cross narrowly lost to No. 15 Harvard (9-7) and No. 16 Lafayette (13-12 OT). At Holy Cross Field in 2010, the Crusaders outscored their opponents, 65-58.
The Crusaders will hit the road to play Quinnipiac (March 5) and then return to Worcester to play Dartmouth (March 9). Holy Cross defeated the Big Green for the first time ever last season. The Crusaders will open Patriot League action at Colgate (March 12) and play Harvard on the road (March 15). Holy Cross will conclude the month of March with home Patriot League games versus Navy (March 19) and Lehigh (March 26).
Holy Cross will play its first four games of April on the road with contests against Bucknell (April 2), Vermont (April 5), Lafayette (April 9) and Bryant (April 12). The Crusaders will play their last three games of the season at Holy Cross Field with contests versus Mercer (April 16), Army (April 23) and Marist (April 26). This is the first ever season of lacrosse at Mercer as it is the first NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program in the state of Georgia. Last season Army won the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, while they defeated Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Patriot League Tournament will take place on April 29 and May 1, on the campus of the regular season champion. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the tournament.
"We are very excited about our extremely competitive schedule," said Pascal. "With a schedule like this it really forces us to show up every day in practice and give it our best to prepare for this tough schedule. All 15 games will be a challenge that we are looking forward to meet. We are also very excited for our eight homes games and want to continue the success we had last year at Holy Cross Field."
Last season the Crusaders went 5-10 overall (1-5 Patriot League) and won three of their last five games. Holy Cross scored 125 goals last season which were the most goals scored by the Crusaders since they scored 128 in 1998. Holy Cross returns 27 letterwinners as 12 freshmen have joined the program. The Crusaders return five starters.