November 10, 2009

Men's Soccer Wraps Up 2009 Campaign

Overall Record: 6-10 (4-3 PL); Last Week: 1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 2, Army 1, West Point, N.Y., 11/7
Schedule: 2009 season has concluded

  • Holy Cross ended its season with a 2-1 victory over Army, completing a three-game win streak to wrap up the regular season. The team missed a bid to the Patriot League Tournament however, as they were put in a three-way tie for fourth place with 12 points. Lafayette emerged from the three-way tie on the strength of its 1-0 win over Lehigh earlier this season. All three of the tied teams went 1-1 against the other teams in the tie. Because a tie still existed, a comparison of records was conducted for each team starting with the highest seed not involved in the tie. All three teams were defeated by Bucknell, but Lafayette was the only one of the tied teams to beat Lehigh. Because ties are broken in rank order, starting with the highest seed, the Leopards' win over the second-place Mountain Hawks separated Lafayette from Colgate and Holy Cross.
  • Junior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) finished the season with a two-game scoring streak after incurring a 10-game scoring drought. He tallied his third goal and a season-high seven shots against Army to round out the regular season. He finishes his junior campaign in a tie for the team-high with three goals scored. He remains the team's top offensive performer for the second-straight season, completing this season with seven points (three goals and an assist). He also ranks 10th in the Patriot League with a 2.44 average shots per game.
  • While scoring goals gave the team trouble this season, defense remained a strong suit as the 2009 team finished with just 18 goals allowed, ranking third among the team's single-season records. Junior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) made a great impact as he picked up Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career on Nov. 2. He also scored his first career goal this season, the first points he's garnered in a Holy Cross uniform, after becoming a mainstay for free kick set-ups.
  • Senior goalkeeper Thomas Booth (Patchogue, N.Y.) completes his final season in the net with 70 saves and a 1.09 goals against average. His 2009 goals against average ranks fifth on the Holy Cross single-season records list. He averages 4.38 saves per game, third-most in the Patriot League. He also recorded four shutouts this season, giving him 16 shutouts over his career. He now ranks second on the Holy Cross career records list in shut outs and in goals against average (1.44).
  • Two fresh faces made their mark on the team this season. Freshman Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.) led all newcomers with two goals, including two game-winners (tying the team-high). His four points rank third on the team. He earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after scoring his first career goal in the 46th minute of the 1-0 triumph over Albany. He then added another game-winner against Colgate just two minutes into the following match. He ends the season with a team-high .400 shot percentage. Fellow freshman Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) started in the team's final seven contests. He tallied his first career point against American, picking up an assist. He also led his class with 14 shots taken, third-most on the team. 
  • After starting the season with a three-game losing streak, the 2009 squad registers a final 6-10 overall record, 4-3 in league play and three straight wins to round out competition. They had an even 3-5 record at home and on the road. They averaged 9.19 shots per game and 1.81 goals per game (12 goals total). The team was shut out by its opponents in eight contests, but finished strong after scoring in each of the last four contests.