Crusaders Set To Kick Off Season In Florida

Erin Fleming

Schedule: Monday, March 1, vs. Dayton, Kissimmee, Fla., 1:00 p.m.
Monday, March 1, vs. Maine, Kissimmee, Fla., 3:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross softball team kicks off the 2010 season on Monday, March 1 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Crusaders will open the season against Dayton at 1:00 p.m. and meet up with Maine in the second game of the day at 3:00 p.m.
  • This will be Holy Cross' tenth trip to the Rebel Spring Games. Last season Holy Cross returned from the Rebel Spring Games with a 5-7 record, the best season-opening record in the past five seasons. This year the Crusaders will play nine games over five days, seeing action against Dayton, Maine, St. Francis, Valparaiso and South Dakota. 
  • At last year's games, Holy Cross fell to Maine, 5-2, in the fourth day of action. Senior Amanda Audette (New Bedford, Mass.) earned the start on the mound for the Crusaders.
  • Holy Cross returns 14 letterwinners from last year's team and welcomes five newcomers. Seven of nine starters return along with five pitchers. Last season, head coach Brian Claypool led the Crusaders to a 13-34 record, surpassing 2008's 10 wins and chalking up the most Holy Cross victories since the 2003 season.
  • The Crusaders were selected sixth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll voted on by coaches and sports information directors from around the league. Last year's league champion, Lehigh, was picked to finish first.
  • All-League selections, junior Keeley Seniuk (Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior Mandy Correale (Peabody, Mass.) return to lead the Crusaders on defense. Seniuk returns as the top Crusader in the field and at the plate, as she finished the 2009 season with a .319 batting average and made 46 starts in the outfield, seven in left field and 39 in center. A 46 game starter last season at third base, Correale returns to the hot corner for her third season as a starter, where she has been the cornerstone of the defense.
  • Assistant Coach Nancy LeBlanc returns for her third season as the assistant softball coach at Holy Cross in 2009-2010. LeBlanc previously served as the assistant coach at Holy Cross for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.