September 28, 2010
Men's Soccer Plays Two In New York This Week
Overall Record: 2-4-1 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 0-1
Scoreboard: Lafayette 3, Holy Cross 0, Easton, Pa., 9/25
Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Albany, Albany, N.Y., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2 at Colgate, Hamilton, N.Y., 4:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross men's soccer team will travel to the state of New York for two contests this upcoming week. The team will travel to play Albany first on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders will look to even their Patriot League record against Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday, Oct. 2. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Colgate's Van Doren Field.
- The Crusaders will look to put together a three-game win-streak against the Great Danes, as the team won at home in 2009, 1-0 and 2-0 in 2005. A year ago, sophomore Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.) tallied the game-winner as Holy Cross notched its first shutout of the season. The Crusaders hold an overall 3-1 edge over Albany with the series dating back to the 1999 season. The Great Danes sit at 4-4 on the season, having lost the last two games. Both teams have been shut out three times this season with the Great Danes scoring seven goals thus far and Holy Cross notching six.
- After a 3-0 loss against Lafayette in the 2010 Patriot League season opener, the Crusaders look to even the record against Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 2, who is 1-0 in league competition. The game will serve as the final game of the team's nine-game road trip, dating back to the season opener on Sept. 1. The Raiders lead the all-time series 11-5-4, but Holy Cross enters the contest with a two-game win-streak. Head coach Ted Priestly earned his first victory against Colgate last season, as the Crusaders won 2-0 at home. Regan and junior Jordan Michael (Burnaby, British Columbia) tallied goals in the game. Colgate is currently having a good start to the season as they sit at 4-1-3. The team experienced its first loss of the season against Long Island this past weekend. Holy Cross will look to break past the Raiders' staunch defense, as they are outscoring opponents 7-4 thus far. Holy Cross is behind opponents 10-6 in the goal scoring category.
- Senior Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) is showing great versatility in his final season. Most known as the team's rock on defense, Van Grinsven has been a crucial part in the team's three shutouts so far, which rank in a tied for second amongst Patriot League opponents. Van Grinsven has also proven that he can be an offensive threat, as he has collected five shots so far this season, ranking fourth on the team. He is three shots away from tying his career season-high of eight shots, which he obtained last season.
- The Crusaders will look to gain more momentum on offense now that league competition is heating up. Through the seven games played, Holy Cross ranks eighth in league standings with 43 shots, seventh in points (17) and goals, tied with Colgate for seventh in assists (5) and seventh in corner kicks (24). Senior Jonathan Werth (University Park, Md.) has collected four of the five assists, ranking in a tie for first in the league.