Billy Fitzpatrick ’20
Chief Sports Editor
The Crusaders (12-11 overall, 3-7 Patriot League) have faltered in conference play of late after a promising run in the non-conference portion of the schedule. Holy Cross has dropped games to Boston University, Loyola (Md.), and Navy in recent weeks, three teams that are situated in the bottom half of the Patriot League standings. Depth has been an issue, as head coach Bill Carmody has been using a seven-man rotation often since junior forward Connor Niego went down with an injury in early December. If the Crusaders can regain their form that saw them compete with the likes of Providence, UMass, and Rhode Island, they could make a late-season run into next month’s Patriot League Tournament.
The Holy Cross women’s basketball team (12-9 overall, 4-6 PL) have used a dominant form at the Hart Center to stay floating around .500 in Patriot League play. After dropping the first three games of conference play, the Crusaders have gone 4-3, with wins over Loyola (Md.), Boston University, Army, and Lafayette. However, head coach Bill Gibbons has been suspended for the remainder of the season, so Holy Cross will have to deal with adversity in the second half of the conference schedule. Junior forward Lauren Manis has put herself in Patriot League Player of the Year conversations by leading the conference in scoring (18.6 PPG) and clocking in at second for rebounding (11.4 RPG).
Men’s Ice Hockey
The Crusaders (6-16-4 overall, 6-11-3 Atlantic Hockey) have struggled against tough competition in conference play, but have found some success over the past two weekends. Holy Cross split a pair of road games against Sacred Heart the last weekend of January, falling 5-2 on Friday night before bouncing back with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. Back at home last weekend, the Crusaders tied Army 2-2 and then won a close contest 5-4 thanks to a winner by first-year forward Anthony Vincent in the third period. They take on Rochester Institute of Technology in Worcester, Mass.
The women’s ice hockey team (1-25-3 overall, 1-21-1 Hockey East) have struggled in its first season in the prestigious Hockey East conference. The Crusaders pulled off a stunning upset in November by defeating #5 Northeastern 5-3. The track and field teams recently competed at the New England Championships last weekend, where two school records went down on the men’s side. Senior heptathlete Alexander Escada set a school record with 4,629 points, and sophomore jumper Michael Pichay improved his own record in the triple-jump to 14.98 meters. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, sophomore pole vaulter Christa Jay Moore was named ckSmithSuperior Crusader of the Week for winning the pole vault with an effort of 3.80 meters. For swimming and diving, sophomore Nathan Kramer was named ckSmithSuperior Crusader of the Week (week of January 21-27) for his performance in a victory over Springfield. On the women’s side, two pool records were broken: the 400 medley relay, and sophomore Brianna Larnard in the 100 fly (58.77).