Billy Fitzpatrick ’20
Chief Sports Editor
Let’s take a look at how Crusader athletic teams have been faring recently.
The Holy Cross football team earned a comeback 17-13 victory at home on Senior Day against Fordham last weekend. On a blustery Worcester day, the Holy Cross defense stood tall in the second half, allowing senior quarterback Geoff Wade to orchestrate a comeback in his last career game at Fitton Field. While the numbers aren’t flashy, Wade took advantage of good field position twice in the third quarter to lead two touchdown drives. First-year placekicker Derek Ng added an all-important field goal into the wind in the fourth quarter. Had he missed, the Rams would have had an opportunity to win the game on the last drive of the fourth quarter. Instead, down four points, Fordham had to go for the endzone, and the Holy Cross defense held off the last-ditch Fordham effort. Holy Cross takes on Georgetown in Washington, D.C., this Saturday for a chance to ascend to second place in the Patriot League standings.
The Holy Cross men’s basketball team faced a pair of formidable foes in the past week. Last Saturday, the Crusaders travelled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the #16 Michigan Wolverines in Holy Cross’ first road game of the season. After taking a 24-18 lead into halftime, Michigan pulled away in the second half to win 56-37. On Tuesday, the Crusaders had another strong showing on the road against Providence. Again, the Crusaders started strong, this time earning a 37-33 lead at the break. Providence looked like it was about to break the game open with a 20-2 run in the second half, but Holy Cross fought back with a 7-0 run of its own to close the Providence lead to two points. Down the stretch, however, the Friars pulled away and finished with a 70-61 victory on their home floor.
The Holy Cross women’s basketball team opened up its season with a 71-61 home win over Rider last Sunday. Junior forward Lauren Manis dominated with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while first-year guard Avery LaBarbera contributed 18 points and three assists off the bench in her collegiate debut. Junior forward Kathryn Pedi 13 points and six rebounds, while junior center Megan Swords posted 12 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
The Holy Cross men’s hockey team traveled to the US-Canada border to face Atlantic Hockey foe Niagara twice last weekend. Friday night, the Purple Eagles defeated the Crusaders 6-3. After taking a 2-1 lead in the first period, Niagara scored four straight in the middle frame to open up a 5-1 advantage. The Crusaders brought one back in the second period, but Niagara coasted to a 6-3 win in the final frame. Saturday night, Holy Cross played to a frustrating 3-3 tie that went to overtime. After Niagara struck first in the opening period, Holy Cross fired back with three goals in the second frame. In the final period, Niagara scored two goals in quick succession near the end of the period to push the game to overtime. In the extra periods, neither team could make a breakthrough and the game finished 3-3.
The Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team lost both games of a home-and-home series last weekend against Merrimack. On Friday night, the Crusaders fought hard to keep the game close. While Merrimack scored in the opening period, it remained a one-goal game until the last six minutes of the third period, during which Merrimack scored twice to earn a 3-0 home win. Saturday night, Holy Cross managed to get on the board, scoring two goals, but eventually fell 6-2 to Merrimack.
Volleyball split a pair of home games last weekend as the Crusaders fell 3-1 to Navy on Friday but defeated Lafayette 3-1 Saturday on Senior Day to finish out the season. Cross country competed in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Amherst, N.Y. last Friday in brutal conditions. The women’s team placed 24th out of 35 teams, and the men’s team finished 30th. Congratulations to junior Jenna Gasparrini on placing 24th as an individual!