Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Sacred Heart,
Fairfield, Conn., 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4 at Dartmouth, Hanover, N.H., 7:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross men's soccer team kicks off the 2010 campaign when it travels to Campus Field in Fairfield, Conn., home of the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. The Crusaders look to avenge a 1-0 loss at home from last season, handed to them in the 53rd minute of the second half. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) led the squad with two shots on goal. This will also be the 11th meeting all-time for the two teams, as Holy Cross has won six of the last 10 contests.
- The Crusaders will then travel up to Hanover, N.H. to play in a game under the lights of Burnham Field against the home team, Dartmouth, on Saturday, Sept. 4. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the Priestly era, as the team's last played in 2003. The Big Green took a 3-2 road victory that year, scoring three unanswered goals after Holy Cross had gone ahead 2-0. The teams have met only two times in program history, with Dartmouth winning both contests.
- The Crusaders return 15 letterwinners, including nine starters, from last year's squad and welcome 11 newcomers. The 2010 Holy Cross defense boasts the most familiar faces. Senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) returns after starting in every contest last season, as he was named a Brine Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after recording his first career goal. Senior Matt Beckley (Congers, N.Y.), and junior Vincent Garofalo (Glenwood, Md.) also come back on the defensive side of the ball as starters returning to a team that allowed just 18 goals in 234 shot attempts last season.
- Senior forward Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) will lead the offensive attack for the second straight season as he was voted Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He earned the honor for the second consecutive season after finishing his junior campaign with three goals and one assist for a team-leading seven points. He also made a team-high 39 shots, 16 on-goal and was named second team All-Patriot League.
- Holy Cross returns its three top point scorers from a year ago. Miller, Werth and sophomore Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.) combined to score 17 of the Crusaders' 29 points. Miller collected seven points while Werth followed with six points and Regan marking four. Regan led the team in shot percentage (.400) and shots on-goal percentage (1.000) last season as well.
- One big challenge facing the team is the loss of starting goalkeeper Thomas Booth, who played every game for the Crusaders last season. Booth ended his four-year career as one of the top keepers in program history, leaving his mark as a career record holder in shutouts and goals against average. Taking the top goalie spot will be sophomore Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.). Polanik enters the 2010 season as a brand new face to the Holy Cross net. The Massachusetts native did not see any action last season but has made the most improvement over the spring.