WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., and volleyball coach Erin Cady have announced the Crusaders' 2012 schedule. Holy Cross is scheduled to play 30 regular season matches, including 11 at the Holy Cross Field House.
The Crusaders will start the season by hosting the first day of the Beanpot Classic on Aug. 24 as the Crusaders will take on Alabama and two-time defending NEC champion Sacred Heart. Holy Cross went 6-6 last year at home. The tournament will move to Northeastern on Aug. 25 as Holy Cross will play the Huskies. The Crusaders will then compete at the Central Connecticut Invitational (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) against Brown, CCSU and St. John's.
Holy Cross will take part in the Holly Young Invitational (Sept. 7-8) versus tournament host New Hampshire, William & Mary and Central Connecticut. After a home contest versus Hartford (Sept. 11), the Crusaders will conclude regular season tournament action at the Bryant Invitational (Sept. 14-15). Holy Cross will play Akron, Northern Kentucky and Bryant.
The Crusaders will open conference play with contests at Navy (Sept. 21) and defending Patriot League champion American (Sept. 22). After an away match versus Harvard (Sept. 25), the Crusaders will play home contests versus Colgate (Sept. 28) and Bucknell (Sept. 29). Holy Cross will then hit the road to play at Army (Oct. 6) and at Florida Atlantic (Oct. 8). The Crusaders will then play their next six matches at home with contests versus Lafayette (Oct. 12), Lehigh (Oct. 13), American (Oct. 19), Navy (Oct. 20), Bryant (Oct. 24) and Army (Oct. 27). Holy Cross will conclude the regular season with road contests at Bucknell (Nov. 2), Colgate (Nov. 3), Lehigh (Nov. 9) and Lafayette (Nov. 10).
The Patriot League Tournament will take place on Nov. 17-18, 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 13 players with five starters and welcome one freshman. The Crusaders went 10-21 overall and 6-8 in the Patriot League in the 2011 season. The Crusaders' six Patriot League wins tied their most ever as they went 6-8 in 2004 and 6-6 in 2000. Holy Cross' fifth place finish in the league was its best since placing fifth in 2004.