WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's rowing team competed versus Bucknell on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond. The Crusaders won the varsity eight and freshman eight races, while the Bison took the second and third varsity eight races.
“After a long day on Saturday, it was nice to return home to Lake Quinsigamond to race Bucknell on Sunday," said Holy Cross head coach Todd Pearson. "We knew Bucknell would be a formidable opponent as they've posted some impressive finishes this spring and are well-coached. However, I was confident that we had figured out some things against Georgetown that we could build on for Sunday's races. In the varsity eight race, Bucknell came off the line very quickly, rowing a higher cadence than we did during the first 500m. Our guys stayed patient and didn't get rattled, then started to slowly move through the Bucknell varsity. We took a really effective move midway through the race that put us up a length. From there, we needed only to respond to Bucknell's sprint to keep ourselves in front, which we did comfortably. In the freshman race, the class of 2013 continued their winning ways, leading wire to wire in impressive fashion. They are an exciting group to watch and I am confident they will only continue to get faster. The second varsity rowed their best race of the year, despite losing. They went stroke for stroke with Bucknell for 1500m before coming off the pace. However, I was impressed with how they attacked the race and I am confident that they will continue to improve. Finally, in the third varsity race, Bucknell went off the line at a very high stroke rating - like they had in all their races and we weren't able to match their speed. Once both boats entered the body of the race, the margin didn't really change. Our third varsity is a really young group and they raced hard - they will also continue to improve."
In the first race of the
competition, Holy Cross (5:59.1) defeated Bucknell (6:01.9) in the
varsity eight race, while the Bison (6:18.8) then defeated the
Crusaders (6:24.0) in the second varsity eight race. Holy Cross'
freshman eight boat (6:08.8) was very impressive as it defeated
Bucknell (6:25.0). In the last race between the two schools on the
day, the Bison (6:36.8) defeated Holy Cross (6:49.8) in the third
varsity eight race.
“After some hard fought and close racing throughout this season, it was nice to finally get a win, especially against a quality opponent,” said Pearson. “I am hopeful that we'll build on our wins over Bucknell as we prepare for another weekend of tough racing. We need to continue to get faster and coach Zinter and I are completely focused on this task. Finally, it was a home coming for former Holy Cross oarsman and captain, Al Monte '07, who is an assistant coach with Bucknell.”
Holy Cross' second varsity eight and freshman eight will race versus Northeastern in Boston on Saturday, April 24. The Crusaders will then row versus MIT and No. 17 Oregon State in Boston on Sunday, April 25.