September 12, 2010

Men's Soccer Wins Dartmouth Classic With 0-0 Tie Against San Diego

HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore netminder Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) recorded a career-best 10 saves as the Holy Cross men's soccer team tied San Diego, 0-0, after two overtimes to win the Dartmouth Classic at Burnham Field. With the decision, the Crusaders register their first tie, going to 1-2-1 on the season while the Toreros register a 1-2-1 record as well. Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) made a team-high two shots in the game to lead the offense, picking up the offensive MVP honor in the tournament. Polanik was honored as the goalkeeping MVP.

"Coming into this weekend, we knew that there were going to be three other outstanding teams in the tournament, said head coach Ted Priestly."  "Our boys put in a fantastic week of training and preparation, and our performance reflected a positive spirit, competitiveness and commitment.  When we do the right things the right way, we're tough to beat."

Polanik shined throughout the first half, recording five saves on San Diego's eight shot attempts. The Toreros continued to control the offensive pace over the second half as well, marking a 5-1 shots edge with Polanik recording two additional saves. At the end of regulation Holy Cross had mustered three shots next to San Diego's 13 attempts.

Neither team could find a way to score in the overtime periods either, as the Crusaders were out-shot again, 5-2. Freshman Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) tallied the lone shot on-goal for his team, as Holy Cross put together five shots in all. San Diego finished with 18 shots.

Polanik highlighted the game with his final 10 saves while San Diego's goalkeeper, Michael D'Arrigo, made the lone save on Sanders' shot attempt. San Diego also held the edge in corner kicks, recording six opportunities next to Holy Cross' three attempts. A total of 16 fouls were called in the contest as well.

Holy Cross will travel to Chicago, Ill., next to compete in the Lakeside Classic, hosted by Northwestern. Tournament action opens up at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 against Northern Illinois. All games will be played on Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.

All-Tournament Honors
Offensive MVP: Jonathan Werth (#7), Holy Cross
Defensive MVP: Corry Norris (#5), San Diego
Goalkeeping MVP: Evan Polanik (#1) Holy Cross