Holy Cross Men's Soccer
Overall: 0-0 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 0-0
Schedule: Thursday, Aug. 30 vs. Quinnipiac, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 2 at Dartmouth, Hanover, N.H., 3:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross men's soccer team will kick off the 2012 season when it takes on Quinnipiac on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then travel to Hanover, N.H., to meet Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 3:00 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the Crusaders and Quinnipiac since a 2-1 win by the Bobcats on Sept. 30, 2008. The Crusaders and the Big Green tied 0-0 last season on Sept. 2.
- Quinnipiac is 0-1 so far this season as the Bobcats fell to No. 14 Boston College, 2-1, on Aug. 24. Last season Quinnipiac went 6-10 overall and 4-6 in the NEC. Dartmouth starts the season on Aug. 31 at UConn. The Big Green went 8-6-4 overall and 4-1-2 in the Ivy League last season and went to the NCAA Tournament.
- Holy Cross returns 17 players from last year (2-13-2, 1-6 Patriot League) and welcomes nine freshmen. The Crusaders also return their top six goal scorers from a season ago. The Crusaders will be led by their four seniors of Pat McCann (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Evan Polanik (Holliston, Mass.), Shane Regan (Quincy, Mass.) and Steven Stefanak (Massapequa, N.Y.).
- Marco Koolman enters his first season as the head coach at Holy Cross. He owns a career record of 201-75-28 as a collegiate head coach, and currently ranks 13th all-time in NCAA Division II history with a .707 career winning percentage. He spent nine seasons as the head coach at Franklin Pierce University from 2000-2008, with the Ravens winning the NCAA Division II national championship in 2007. Koolman was the head coach at Gannon University from 1991-1996. Koolman came to Holy Cross from the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, where he served as the head coach and director of soccer from July of 2011 to March of 2012. He was previously on the staff at Boston College for two years, during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.