Men's Soccer Season Heats Up With Patriot League Action

Joe Whittaker

Overall Record: 2-3-1 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 1-1

Scoreboard: Northern Illinois 2, Holy Cross 1, Evanston, Ill., 9/17
Holy Cross 1, Northwestern 0, Evanston, Ill., 9/19

Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 25 at Lafayette, Easton, Pa., 3:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will open up Patriot League action this upcoming weekend when it travels to Easton, Pa., to take on the Lafayette Leopards. Competition starts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Mike Bourger '44 Field at Oaks Stadium, home to the Leopards.
  • The Crusaders will look to spoil Lafayette's Alumni Day as the Leopards come in to the weekend contest with a 3-2-1 record. The two teams have met 27 times in program history, with Lafayette holding a 4-19-4 advantage over Holy Cross. In the last five meetings, the Crusaders have lost three times and played come to two draws. Head coach Ted Priestly lost his first Patriot League decision against Lafayette last season, as the Leopards took home a 1-0 victory in two overtimes at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium. Senior Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) looks to break through for his second score of the season in Easton, as he led the team with five shots, two on-goal in the last time out against Lafayette.
  • Miller, who has collected one goal and only three shots this season so far, was named to the Lakeside Classic All-Tournament team after his performances over the weekend. Holy Cross had a tournament-high three players named to the All-Tournament team as senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore netminder Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) were also honored.
  • Through six games so far, defense has been a major factor for the Crusaders. The team has not yet allowed a goal to get through in the first half, while seven goals have been scored against the team in the second half. In all, the team has allowed 1.17 goals per game, ranking in a tie with Lafayette for fourth place amongst league teams. The team has also recorded three shutouts thus far, ranking first with Colgate and Lehigh.
  • Polanik continues to shine in the goal for his team as well. He recorded six saves over the weekend, bringing his season total to 33. He has registered an .825 saves percentage while allowing just 1.12 goals in per game. He currently ranks right below Lafayette's go-to goalie, Andrew Pianko, in league standing as well. Pianko has recorded 44 saves (6.29 per game) while Polanik ranks second with a 5.50 saves per game percentage after his six games in the net.  Polanik is also a league leader in shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.50).