Crusader Rowing Ties For Second In Patriot League Challenge

April 30, 2006


WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing teams combined to tie for second overall in the Patriot League Challenge at Lake Quinsigamond on late Sunday morning. The Crusaders and Army totaled 57 points apiece to tie for runner-up honors. Both finished just behind Lehigh, who won the overall competition with 65 points.

In the men's lightweight varsity eight competition, the Holy Cross crew took first overall defeating Lehigh and Lafayette. The Crusaders finished with a time of 6:20.85 winning by over 17 seconds.

The men's second varsity eight crew also was victorious in their competition with a time of 6:01.07. Holy Cross edged Army (6:02.94) in the event while also defeating Bucknell and Colgate.

The highlight of the morning was the win of the men's varsity eight crew in a six-team race. Holy Cross took first overall with a time of 5:56.04 to beat out Army by almost four seconds. The Black Knights time of 5:59.94 was good enough for second place and Colgate took third in 6:00.98. Lehigh, Bucknell and Lafayette rounded out the field in the men's varsity eight race.

In the men's novice eight race, the Crusaders finished as runner-up to Lehigh with a time of 6:12.04. Lehigh won the race in a time of 6:10.46. Also taking second place was the Holy Cross men's varsity four boat. With a time of 6:48.89, the Crusaders were just over two seconds off the pace set by Colgate (6:46.37).

The Holy Cross men's second novice eight crew also recorded a second place finish with a time of 6:48.27, just behind Lehigh. With a time of 7:15.78, the Crusader men's second varsity four crew crossed the line behind Colgate (6:56.97) for a second place finish.

In the women's novice eight race, Holy Cross ended up in the fourth spot with a final time of 7:18.99. Navy won the race with a time of 6:57.69 and was followed by Lehigh and Bucknell in third and fourth.

The Crusader second novice eight crew took third in their competition in a time of 7:31.61 behind the winner Navy and runner-up Lehigh. Holy Cross took fifth of six teams in the women's varsity four race with a time of 8:06.40. Army won the overall varsity four race. Lehigh was victorious in the women's varsity eight competition to end the day of races.

The Crusader men and women will both compete next Saturday, May 6 in the ECAC Cup at Lake Quinsigamond. Events will being at 8:00 a.m.