October 20, 2009

Men's Soccer Looks To Return To Winning Ways

Overall Record: 3-9 (1-3 PL); Last Week: 0-1
Scoreboard: Lehigh 3, Holy Cross 0 Worcester, Mass., 10/17
Schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 21 vs. Boston College, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 at Navy, Annapolis, Md., 1:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will play in two games this week, one at home and one on the road. The team will first play in its final non-conference match-up, hosting Boston College on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The game will be broadcast by Crusader Vision. Multiple Holy Cross athletic events are featured on Crusader Vision and the package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $6.95 per event or a $79.95 annual subscription. Visit www.goholycross.com for more details and to sign up.
  • The Eagles come to town holding an 8-5 overall record, having won their last three games, including a 2-1 upset victory over the No. 2-ranked North Carolina Tarheels on Saturday. The Crusaders were the spoilers last season as they topped No. 19-ranked Boston College on Oct. 28, 2008. The game went in to double over time with Ryan O'Hanlon (St. James, N.Y.) scoring the game winning goal in the 105th minute on a rebound from six yards out. It was the first goal of O'Hanlon's career.
  • Sunday will mark the fifth Patriot League match-up for Holy Cross. They will travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy who is currently 8-6 overall and 2-2 in the league. Navy will play against an ACC opponent mid-week as well, taking on the No. 21-ranked Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. before hosting Holy Cross.
  • Currently record-wise, Holy Cross ranks seventh in the Patriot League while Navy is in a four-way tie for third. Both teams have struggled offensively, as Navy has taken a total of 159 shots and Holy Cross has notched 98, ranking sixth and eighth among the league in all games. The Mids, however, have scored 17 goals in 14 games next to the Crusaders' six in 12 contests. Last year Holy Cross got the best of Navy, shutting them out 4-0 at home. Junior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) led the team's offensive outburst, tallying three goals on eight shots-on-goal. It was also his first career hat trick.
  • Prior to Saturday's game against Lehigh, senior Peter Whooley (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was honored as the first-annual men's soccer Luke Dunivant Award winner. The award was established this year by teammates and family members of Luke Dunivant, a former soccer player and member of Holy Cross' class of 1997 who died after a courageous battle with leukemia in 1998. The award will be presented annually to a member of the men's soccer team who, like Luke, has inspired others by displaying outstanding courage, commitment to the team and sportsmanship during his career at Holy Cross.