WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and volleyball coach Erin Walker have announced the Crusaders' 2011 schedule. Holy Cross is scheduled to play 32 regular season matches, including 12 at the Holy Cross Field House.
The Crusaders will start the season by hosting the first day of the Beanpot Classic on Aug. 26 as the Crusaders will take on Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut. Holy Cross went 8-7 last year at home. The tournament will move to Northeastern on Aug. 27 as Holy Cross will play the Huskies. After playing a home contest versus Providence (Aug. 31), the Crusaders will compete at the UConn Invitational (Sept. 2-3) against Connecticut, Binghamton and Howard.
Following an away match with Hartford (Sept. 7), Holy Cross will play Harvard, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Bryant at the Bryant Invitational (Sept. 9-10). After playing at home versus Dartmouth (Sept. 13), the Crusaders will compete in their last regular season tournament of the year at the Harvard Invitational (Sept. 16-17) against the Crimson for the second time, Patriot League opponent Navy and Northeastern. The match versus the Midshipmen will be a non-conference contest.
Following a road match for the team's second meeting with Central Connecticut (Sept. 21), the Crusaders will open conference play with contests at Lafayette (Sept. 23) and Lehigh (Sept. 24). Holy Cross will then play three of its next four matches in Worcester with home meetings versus Navy (Sept. 30) and defending Patriot League champion American (Oct. 1), an away match with Bryant (Oct. 5) for the second time and a home contest against Army (Oct. 8). Following matches at Colgate (Oct. 14) and Bucknell (Oct. 15), the Crusaders will return home for contests versus Lehigh (Oct. 21), Lafayette (Oct. 22) and Walker's alma mater New Hampshire (Oct. 26). After hitting the road for meetings with Army (Oct. 30), American (Nov. 4) and Navy (Nov. 5), the Crusaders will conclude the regular season in Worcester versus Bucknell (Nov. 11) and Colgate (Nov. 12).
The Patriot League Tournament will take place on Nov. 19-20, on the campus of the regular season champion. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the tournament.
The Crusaders return seven players with four starters and welcome eight freshmen. The 2010 season (12-21 overall, 4-10 Patriot League) saw the Crusaders win their most overall matches since 2000 and earn their most Patriot League victories since 2004.