Crusaders To Open Season At Home Versus St. John's On Feb. 19

Eamon Troy

Holy Cross Men's Lacrosse 
Overall: 0-0 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 0-0
Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 19, vs. St. John's, Worcester, Mass., 12:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's lacrosse team will kick off the season on Saturday, Feb. 19, when it plays St. John's in Worcester at the Hart Turf Field at noon. To follow the action and to read facts about each team, please go to the live blog at game time right here on Follow the game here.
  • This will be the fourth straight year that the Crusaders have opened the season against the Red Storm. Last season Holy Cross lost at St. John's by a 9-8 score on Feb. 20. In 2009 at the Hart Turf Field, the Crusaders lost by a score of 10-5 on Feb. 14, while in 2008 Holy Cross defeated St. John's, 7-5, on Feb. 16 in Queens.
  • The Crusaders are 2-3 in their last five season openers.  This includes a 10-8 win over Hartford on Feb. 20, 2007 and a 19-4 loss versus Fairfield on Feb. 26, 2006.
  • Last season versus St. John's, the Crusaders were trailing 9-5 with 14:07 left in the fourth quarter and then scored three straight goals but fell just short by a 9-8 score. Sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) had an outstanding collegiate debut as he recorded three goals and one assist for four points to lead Holy Cross. Last season, the Red Storm went 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the first season of the Big East Lacrosse Conference.
  • Holy Cross returns five of 10 starters and 27 letterwinners. Last season the Crusaders went 5-10 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League. Seniors Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.), Colin Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Conor McKenna (Summit, N.J.) will serve as team captains this season. There are 40 players on this year's roster with eight seniors, 10 juniors, 10 sophomores and 12 freshmen. Holy Cross scored 125 goals last season which were the most goals scored by the Crusaders since they scored 128 in 1998. Holy Cross' 414 ground balls were the most since they earned 519 in the 2002 season. Holy Cross is scheduled to play 15 regular season games, including eight at home. The Crusaders went 4-3 last year at Holy Cross Field.