Men's Soccer Hits The Road For The Final Time This Week

Overall Record: 3-9-3 (0-4-1 PL); Last Week: 0-1-1
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 0, New Hampshire 0 (2OT), Worcester, Mass., 10/20
Navy 3, Holy Cross 2, Worcester, Mass., 10/23
Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 26 at No. 14 Brown, Providence, R.I., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 at American, Washington, D.C., 1:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team will hit the road for the final time this week, traveling to Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 26 and then to American for a Saturday afternoon contest on Oct. 30. Tuesday's game will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I., home to the Brown Bears. Saturday's contest will start at 1:00 p.m. on Reeves Field in Washington, D.C., home to the Eagles.
  • The Crusaders will wrap up their non-conference schedule against Brown, which is currently ranked 14th in the nation with an overall record of 9-1-3. The Brown Bears' only loss of the season came against Princeton on Oct. 9, as they are 2-0-1 in their last three meetings, having topped Cornell, 2-0, the last time out. Holy Cross and Brown have only met on three occasions in program history, with the Bears coming away with all three victories. The teams last met on Oct. 24, 1995, as Brown won that contest at home, 5-0.
  • American will host Holy Cross with a trip to the Patriot League Tournament on the line. The Eagles currently sit at 6-7-1 on the season, with a 3-1-1 record in league play. The Eagles fell to Lehigh, 2-1, over the weekend and now sit in a tie for second place with the Mountain Hawks. American ranks third in both shots (190) and points (54) amongst league standings while Holy Cross ranks eighth in shots (121) and seventh in points (38). The teams have met a total of nine times in program history, with the Crusaders holding a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series. Head coach Ted Priestly earned his first victory against the Eagles last season, as Holy Cross came away with a 2-0 win on Oct. 31, 2009. Seniors Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J.) and Tom Van Grinsven (Chicago, Ill.) tallied the scores in the game.
  • Van Grinsven notched his third goal of the season against Navy this past weekend, marking a career-high for goals in a season. Van Grinsven, who entered the 2010 season with just one goal, has tripled both his goal total (3) and shots taken (15) in a season. He also has helped the team record four shut outs and is tied for the team-high with his three goals. His three goals also rank in a tie for 10th amongst league individuals.
  • Junior Tony Rosales (Aurora, Colo.) tallied his first goal of the season on Saturday against Navy. Rosales, who earned his first start of the season on Saturday as well, collected the goal with just 30 seconds gone in the game. He now has two goals in his career, as he notched his first collegiate goal last season against Central Connecticut. Through 12 games played, Rosales now has two shots taken along with the one goal. 
  • Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Meinert (Toms River, N.J.) earned his first collegiate start in the net for Crusaders on Wednesday against New Hampshire. Meinert stepped up to the challenge, recording seven saves and a shut out of the Wildcats in the 0-0 tie.
  • Sophomore net-minder Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.) returned as the team's starting goalie in the 3-2 loss to Navy. He tallied three saves, bringing his season total to 70, which ranks in a tie for first amongst Patriot League players so far this season.