Men’s Sports Update

Men’s Soccer Pulls off Last-Minute Win

The Crusaders improved their impressive record with their 2-1 win over Quinnipiac at home last Saturday.  After a relatively calm first 20 minutes, Holy Cross’s Eric Dixon had his shot from just outside the penalty box rejected by Quinnipiac’s keeper. Just 15 minutes later, however, Dixon sent a skillfully-weighted free kick from 20 yards out that found teammate Matt Villano for the first goal of the game. Shortly after, Quinnipiac midfielder James Doig found the back of the net with an impressive strike from 30 yards out.

The second half began with the score still even with one goal for each team, and the game went back and forth for twenty minutes thereafter. Then, in the 68th minute, the referee called Quinnipiac for a handball in the box. Junior attacker Yuji Callahan stepped up to take the penalty kick but was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. After another scoreless 20 minutes, the Crusaders were awarded another penalty kick opportunity after Quinnipiac was called for another handball in the box. This time, with just under two minutes remaining, junior forward Arno Rupp placed the ball in the right corner, just barely slipping past the hands of Quinnipiac’s keeper.  After the last minute win, the Crusaders were beat 3-1 on Wednesday by Sacred Heart.  This Saturday Holy Cross will look to beat Patriot League Rival Lehigh at Homecoming.

Football Comes up Short against #25 Albany

Last Saturday, the Crusaders were unable to garner a road win against a tough Albany team.  The 45-28 loss puts the Crusaders’ record at 1-2.  Holy Cross struck first and early, with quarterback Peter Pujals completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Montgomery.  After this, however, Albany dominated the second quarter, scoring four consecutive touchdowns and leading 28-7 by halftime

Albany was the first on the board during the third quarter with a 42-yard field goal kick.  Towards the end of the quarter, Pujals threw for another touchdown, this time on an 18-yard pass to Jake Wieczorek.  The Crusaders followed with another touchdown to start the fourth quarter.  This time, Pujals connected with sophomore and Player of the Game Richie DeNicola.  From here, the two teams traded running touchdowns. Albany scored a rushing touchdown at the nine-minute mark, with Holy Cross halfback Lucas Nikolaisen scoring at the six-minute mark, and Albany once more at the four-minute mark.  Despite the loss, Richie DeNicola had the second most single-game receptions with 14, and quarterback Peter Pujals continues to put up impressive numbers.

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