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
- 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
- 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.