Men's Soccer Ready For 2011 Season To Start

Taylor Esper

Schedule: Friday, Aug. 26 vs. Boston University, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team kicks off the 2011 campaign with a contest under the lights, hosting Boston University at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. and will serve as the opening game for BU as well. The Crusaders and Terriers have met a total of 11 times in program history, with BU holding a 6-1-4 advantage. The teams last played each other in 2009, with the Terriers taking a 2-0 victory at home. This will also be the first time Boston University has played on the Linda Johnson Smith field.
  • The Crusaders return 16 letterwinners, including seven starters, from last year's squad and welcome seven newcomers. Four seniors will take on the role of anchoring the team's defense, including co-captain Jordan Michael (Burnaby, British Columbia), Joey Curran (Salem, Va.), Vincent Garofalo (Glenwood, Md.) and Tony Rosales (Aurora, Colo.). The Holy Cross defense allowed just 27 goals in 276 shot attempts last season and looks to bring down the number of goals scored per game.
  • A total of nine players on the roster will look for time in the midfield. Leading that group will be junior co-captain Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). McCann ranked second on the team last season in assists, finishing with two total. Along with McCann will be the speedy duo of sophomores Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) and Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) who saw appearances in every contest as freshmen. Sanders ranked third on the team with 20 shots taken while Uttaro averaged 0.39 shots per game.
  • The Crusaders' attack will make use of a few familiar faces, ones looking to step in to the shoes of graduating seniors Kyle Miller and Jonathan Werth. Two sophomores, Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Joshua Cintas (San Diego, Calif.) along with junior Steven Stefanak (Massapequa, N.Y.) take on the duties in the Holy Cross front field. O'Connell was a factor in all 18 games last season and tied for the team-high with three goals scored. Cintas will return after a year-long injury while Stefanak returns as a force off the bench, scoring one goal for two points after appearing in all contests as a sophomore.
  • Head coach Ted Priestly returns to the helm for his third season on the hill. In his first two seasons, Priestly's teams went 9-20-5 as two players were named to All-Patriot League teams (Kyle Miller, 2009 & 2010 and Tom Van Grinsven, 2010). He also had four student-athletes earn Patriot League weekly honors and 12 were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.