Oct. 25, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross freshman Gerry Dickinson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) was named the BRINE Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Crusaders' Oct. 22 game at Army, as announced by Patriot League officials this morning. This is Dickinson's first career league award.
In Holy Cross' only game of the week last week, Dickinson scored his first career goal, and propelled the Crusaders to an important 1-0 win over league foe Army in West Point, N.Y. Dickinson collected a pass from sophomore forward Chidie Okpoebo (Chelmsford, Mass.) and ripped a shot past Army keeper John-Michael Gallogly to break a 0-0 tie in the 87th minute. Okpoebo's assist was the first of his career.
In the process, HC senior goalie Richard Whipple (Columbus, Ga.) recorded his fourth shutout of the season after making one save in the match.
Dickinson has started all 13 games in the midfield for the Crusaders. He now has one goal and two total points on the season. He is the third Holy Cross freshman to earn a Rookie of the Week award (Felipe Castrillon twice, Andreas Andrews once). As a whole, the Crusader freshmen have taken four out of the eight Rookie of the Week awards this season.
Holy Cross, which was recently ranked 10th in the New England region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, has won two straight league games and stands at 7-6 overall and 2-3 in Patriot League play. The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 29, when they play host to Lafayette in a crucial conference match. Saturday's game is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Holy Cross is currently in sixth place with two league games remaining. There is a five-way tie for first place in the league as Lehigh, Lafayette, Bucknell, Colgate and American all have nine points with 3-2-0 marks.
All eight teams remain alive for a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. In addition, no team can clinch a berth this weekend, and therefore the host of the tournament cannot be determined this weekend.