Crusaders Set To Play Bryant & Mercer

Andrew Morici

Overall: 1-10 (1-4 Patriot League) Last Week: 1-1
Scoreboard: Vermont 15, Holy Cross 5, Burlington, Vt., 4/5
Holy Cross 9, Lafayette 6, Easton, Pa., 4/9
Tuesday, April 12 at Bryant, Smithfield, R.I., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 vs. Mercer, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m.

  • The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, April 12, when they travel to Smithfield, R.I., for a 7:00 p.m. contest versus Bryant at the Bryant Turf Complex. The Crusaders will then play Mercer at Holy Cross Field on Saturday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Bryant is 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the Northeast Conference. Bryant leads the conference with a 7.82 goals against average. The Bulldogs have victories over St. Joseph's (14-3), Fairfield (6-5), Providence (13-6), Brown (8-7) and Wagner (19-9), while they have losses to Vermont (7-5), Army (12-7), Drexel (8-7), Hobart (5-4), Stony Brook (13-6) and Quinnipiac (13-12). Last season the Crusaders defeated Bryant by a 7-6 score on April 20. The Bulldogs defeated the Crusaders by a 13-3 score on April 22, 2009.
  • The game on Saturday is the last game of the season for Mercer as this is the first year of the program. The Bears are 1-11 this season with a win over Carthage (17-13), and losses to Ohio State (20-2), VMI (15-9), Bellarmine (20-6), Jacksonville (24-4), Detroit (13-9), Yale (22-1), Dartmouth (17-10), Sacred Heart (17-7), Duke (18-5), Air Force (14-5) and Presbyterian (14-11).   
  • Sophomore goalie Mike Fisher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was named the AT&T Crusader of the Week as he earned his first collegiate victory. During the 9-6 win over the Leopards, Fisher tallied a .700 save percentage by making 14 saves while allowing just six goals in 60 minutes of action. The six goals allowed to Lafayette were the fewest scored by a Crusader opponent this season. Fisher also played 11:36 off the bench in Tuesday's 15-5 loss at Vermont, making two saves and allowing two goals. Overall this season, Fisher has recorded a 10.86 goals against average, while totaling 70 saves and a .504 save percentage in a team-high 381:03 minutes of action.
  • Junior Andrew Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate game-winning goal in the victory over Lafayette. This season he is third on the team with a career-best eight goals and is tied for fourth with a career-best nine points.
  • Sophomore Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.) recorded a career-best two goals and three points versus Lafayette. For the season he has two goals and two assists for four points. His two assists are tied for fourth on the team.
  • Sophomore Matt Ward (Massapequa, N.Y.) recorded his first collegiate point with an assist versus Lafayette. He tied for the team-lead with seven ground balls on the week. He is second on the team with a career-best 26 ground balls this season, while he is also second with a career-best 11 caused turnovers.
  • Freshman Matt Smith (North Bethesda, Md.) scored his first collegiate goal in the victory over Lafayette. He also has recorded one ground ball this season.
  • Sophomore James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) leads the team with 22 points and a career-best 10 assists, while he is second with 12 goals. His 0.91 assists per game are 10th in the Patriot League.
  • Sophomore John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) ranks first on the team with a career-best 16 goals and is tied for fourth with two assists. He is second on the team with a career-best 18 points.
  • Senior Douglas Broussard (Floral Park, N.Y.) leads the team with 38 ground balls. He now has 175 career ground balls. He also leads the team with 18 caused turnovers as his 1.64 caused turnovers per game are 24th in the country.