Holy Cross Men's Soccer
Overall: 8-8-1 (6-3-0 PL); Last Week: 1-1-0
Scoreboard: Harvard 1, Holy Cross 0, Worcester, Mass., 11/6
Holy Cross 2, Lehigh 1, Bethlehem, Pa., 11/9
Schedule: Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Colgate, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m., Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals
- The Crusaders are the No. 3 seed in the six-team Patriot League Tournament and will host No. 6 seed Colgate (4-13-2 overall, 3-5-1 PL) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The winner will move onto the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15 in Annapolis, Md. With a win Holy Cross will play No. 2 seed Army, while Colgate will play No. 1 seed Navy with a victory. The Crusaders are 3-9-2 in the history of the Patriot League tournament and 0-1-0 against Colgate in tournament games as the Raiders defeated Holy Cross by a 2-1 score in the 2008 championship game. Holy Cross will look to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2008. The game can be viewed on the Patriot League Network by going here. The game can also be followed on live stats by going here.
Holy Cross vs. Colgate Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal Preview:
- On Oct. 19 of this year Holy Cross defeated the Raiders, 3-2 in overtime in Hamilton, N.Y., on a goal by senior Josh Cintas (San Diego, Calif.). Over the past five seasons the Crusaders are 2-2-1 in games against Colgate.
- This will be the first tournament game hosted by the Crusaders since the 2007 season. Holy Cross has gone 2-3-1 in home tournament games in Worcester. The Crusaders also won the 2002 Patriot League championship game as the home team but the game was played at Nickerson Field, on the campus of Boston University, due to the Crusaders home field being covered in too much ice to allow play.
- The Crusaders' eight overall wins are their most since going 9-5-5 in 2008, while their six Patriot League victories tie for their most all-time with the 2001 team which went 6-0-1 in league play. Holy Cross' 20 goals this season are its most since 2008 and their 22 goals allowed is their lowest since 2009.
- For the second year in a row Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) earned first team All-Patriot League honors. Sanders is a two-time captain who as a senior has tallied four goals, five assists and 13 points, which are all career-highs. Sanders leads the team in assists and points as his five assists are tied for fourth all-time in a season in school history. He leads the team with a career-best three game-winning goals. He is fifth in the Patriot League in points, tied for fifth in assists, tied for eighth in goals and tied for third in game-winning goals. During his career, Sanders has only missed one game, playing and starting in 68 games scoring a total of 11 career goals, seven assists and 29 points. He won the team's 2013 Luke Dunivant Award, which goes to a player who has inspired others by displaying outstanding courage, commitment to the team and sportsmanship during his career. Sanders was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012 and is a three-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
- Cintas earned second-team All-Patriot League honors in 2013. Cintas has played in 49 career games with 43 starts. Over his collegiate career, he has totaled nine goals and eight assists for a combined 26 career points. Last year in 2012, Cintas earned both first team All-Patriot League and third team All-Mid Atlantic honors. He is a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
- Senior Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) earned third-team All-Patriot League honors. Uttaro has appeared in 68 career games that include 60 starts, which is tied for the most games played by any current member of the team. In his career, Uttaro has tallied eight goals and eight assists totaling 24 points. Four of his eight goals have been game winners. Uttaro also has one appearance on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
- Sophomore Luke Melody (Mansfield, Conn.) also received third-team All-Patriot League honors. Melody has made 17 starts in his 17 games played this season. He has one goal and one assist for three points including his first career game winner in the 2-1 victory over Lehigh on Nov. 9. In his 33 career games played, Melody has started in all 33. He has scored three goals and has one assist for seven career points, including two goals for four points as a freshman in 2012.
- Sophomore goalie Kevin Wright (McKinney, Texas) has a 8-6-1 record on the season. Wright's 4.93 saves per game are good for first in the Patriot League and 27th nationally.
- Freshman Joey DeVivo (Ridgefield, Conn.) leads the team with five goals this season. His five goals and 11 points are the most by a Crusader freshman since Kyle Miller tallied seven goals and 16 points as a freshman in 2007. His five goals and 11 points are tied for seventh and eighth respectively in the Patriot League.
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