Schedule: Friday, Aug. 27 vs. Rhode Island, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross women's soccer team kicks off the 2010 season on Friday, August 27 against Rhode Island at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders hold an all-time record of 4-11-0 against the Rams, last meeting up with Rhode Island in 2000 in Kingston, R.I. The Crusaders' last win against the Rams was a 1-0 victory on Sept. 27, 1995 in Worcester.
- Rhode Island will open its season on the road on August 24 against New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The Rams finished the 2009 season with a 6-12-1 overall record. The squad returns seven starters and welcomes six newcomers to its lineup.
- The Crusaders return 15 players from last year's squad and welcome nine newcomers to the team. Senior forward Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) returns to lead the Crusaders on the turf. Stand enters the 2010 season ranked seventh all-time at Holy Cross with 51 career points, while her 22 career goals rank sixth all-time. A year ago, Stand led Holy Cross with 10 goals and 20 points. Stand was named to the 2009 Patriot League first team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region third team and selected as a member of the NEWISA All-New England second team.
- Stand, along with fellow seniors Jenna Campagna (Berlin, Conn.), Mary Ferketic (West Hartford, Conn.) and Lauren Wright (Biglerville, Pa.), will serve as captains for the 2010 season. Ferketic returns to lead the Crusaders in net after compiling a 4-7-3 record, including four shutouts, last season. Wright will return to the field after missing the 2009 season with an injury and Campagna returns as a member of a defense that in 2009 posted a 1.36 goals against average on the season and recorded six shutouts.
- Holy Cross was selected to sixth in the 2010 Patriot League preseason poll as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. Defending Patriot League champion, Colgate, was selected as the preseason favorite. The Crusaders finished the 2009 season seventh in the Patriot League with a record of 1-5-1.
- A year ago, Holy Cross wrapped up the season with an overall record of 7-9-3, the most wins in program history since the 2000 season. Second-year head coach Darren Gallagher's .447 win percentage a year ago was also a program best since the 2000 season.