Billy Fitzpatrick ‘20
With fall sports teams nearing the end of the season and some winter sports already underway, let’s take a look around campus to see how Crusaders sports have been faring. (Note: all stats updated as of Oct. 29.)
The Holy Cross football team (4-4 overall, 2-0 Patriot League) has hit its stride two-thirds of the way through the season. On Oct. 12, the Crusaders made the short trip down Route 146 to take on Brown in Providence. The hosts held a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter, but junior quarterback Connor Degenhardt connected with explosive first-year wideout Ayir Asante twice before halftime for touchdowns of 69 and five yards to give HC a commanding halftime lead. The Crusaders pulled away in the second half and walked away with a 47-31 road win.
Holy Cross returned to Worcester the following week for a homecoming game against another Ivy League foe in Harvard. HC could not extend its two-game winning streak as Harvard pulled out a 31-21 road win. Senior running back Domenic Cozier racked up 150 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns on the day, including a 66-yard touchdown run to open the game. The Crusaders bounced back on Family Weekend by topping Patriot League rival Colgate 31-10. Cozier and Asante both dazzled again for Holy Cross, with Cozier rushing for 153 yards and Asante notching two more touchdown catches, including a 58-yarder. Junior wideout Tenio Ayeni also snagged a touchdown catch, his third of the season. The win brought the Crusaders back to .500 for the year and propelled them to second in the conference standings.
HC takes on Patriot League leaders Lehigh this weekend in Bethlehem, Penn., in an important conference matchup. The team will then close the season at home against Lafayette, at Fordham, and back home against Georgetown.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
The Holy Cross men’s soccer team (3-13 overall, 1-6 PL) started the month of October strong with a 1-0 road win over Boston University, with junior attacking midfielder Max Krause providing the decisive goal. The Crusaders then dropped consecutive home conference games to Bucknell and American, the lone HC goal of the two games again coming from Krause. On Oct. 16, Holy Cross took down Delaware on the road, 3-2, behind two goals from sophomore forward Dylan Scanley and one from senior midfielder Rory Birse, his first collegiate goal. The Crusaders rebounded from a road loss to Army by topping Brown 1-0 thanks to an overtime winner from Birse, his second goal in three games. Holy Cross dropped the following two contests to Loyola and Vermont, and will take on Lehigh at home this Saturday at 1:05 PM on Senior Day.
The women’s soccer team (4-3-8 overall, 2-1-5 PL) will wrap up its regular season at home this Friday at 5:05 PM with a chance to reach the postseason. The Crusaders will guarantee themselves a place in the Patriot League playoffs with a win against Bucknell, but could also get in with a tie depending on other results around the league. Over the past few weeks, the Crusaders have helped their cause with two wins and a draw in their last four games. HC topped Navy at home on Oct. 12 thanks to a header from senior Kelly Crowley. The Crusaders then took down BU on the road, 2-1, in a comeback win behind goals from senior Carly Flahive and Crowley.
Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey
The men’s ice hockey team (1-1-2) started the season with one of the best wins in recent Holy Cross athletics history by taking down #6 Providence on the road in overtime, 3-2. The Crusaders fell behind twice, but leveled the score both times, with the final equalizer coming with under a minute remaining in the third period. Senior forward Kevin Darrar scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give HC its first win over a ranked opponent since 2016. Since then, the Crusaders have fallen to Merrimack and notched ties against Northeastern and St. Lawrence.
The women’s ice hockey team (0-6-3) is in its first season competing in the prestigious Hockey East conference, and is led by first-time head coach Katie Lachapelle. The highlight of the campaign thus far came early in the season when the Crusaders managed two ties against a competitive Penn State club. Through the team’s first nine games, senior forward Rachel Moore leads the team with six points (five assists, one goal). The top goal scorers are sophomore forward Sommer Ross and first-year forward Mary Edmonds, with two apiece. HC takes on Providence this Friday at 7:05 PM at home.
Men’s and women’s cross country competed at the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston on Oct. 12. The men, led by sophomore Karter Seitz with a time of 25:54.2 over the 8k distance, finished in 14th out of 25 teams. The women, propelled by a pair of top-10 finishes, placed 5th out of 22 teams. Senior Jenna Gasparrini provided the low stick for the Crusaders, coming in fourth, while her classmate Allison McArdle rounded out the top 10 of the race. Both teams compete at the Patriot League Championships hosted by Colgate in Hamilton, New York, this Saturday.
The men’s and women’s rowing teams competed at the famed Head of the Charles Regatta on the weekend of Oct. 19-20. The men’s collegiate eight boat finished fourth out of 38 teams, while the women’s club fours finished 30th out of 55 teams.
The field hockey team has put in a solid season, going 6-10 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders wrap up the regular season this Saturday at Bucknell. Junior forward Minke Kooman leads the team with 19 points (eight goals, three assists).