The Holy Cross Crusaders are the 51st team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Crusaders went 4-11 overall in 2016, and 3-5 in Patriot League play. Holy Cross made the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in the history of the 59-year program on the last day of league play, but lost to Bucknell, 13-7, in the quarterfinals. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Crusaders host two sets of scrimmages before their season opener, as they play Bryant and Assumption on January 28, followed by Sacred Heart and Merrimack on February 4. The regular season begins at home against Providence on February 11. They travel to Burlington, Vermont to take on the Catamounts on the 18th. They return home for two games to wrap up February, first with a weeknight game against Harvard on the 21st, followed by their Patriot League opener against Lehigh on the 25th.
Patriot League play continues with road games against Loyola on March 4, followed by Bucknell on March 11. Holy Cross hosts Army West Point on the 18th. The Crusaders wrap up nonconference play with road games against Brown on March 21 and Marist on the 25th.
The Crusaders host Navy on April 1, followed by a trip to Lafayette to take on the Leopards on the 8th. Senior Day is against Colgate on the 15th, with the regular season finale in Boston against the Boston University Terriers on the 21st in a Turnpike Trophy game.
Last year, Judd Lattimore’s squad lost their first eight straight and 10 of their first 11 games before winning their final three Patriot League games and ending up in the league tournament. It’ll be rare if that happens again this year however. They do lose starting attackman Sean Wilkinson after leading the team with 15 assists and finishing second on the team with 36 points last year. Midfielder Connor Sofield also goes. But last year’s leading point getter, senior attackman Jon Vogel, is back, along with midfielder Marc Buermann, Logan LeBlond, Kevin Lux, Jack Ortlieb, and Matthew Fischetti. On defense, the team brings back senior starter Jack McGovern on close defense, with junior Jake Maruna and La Salle College High School product Brendan McGonigle as the top short stick defensive midfielders. Senior Parker Greiwe and junior Austin Miller will be important veterans that will need to be trusted on a young defensive unit. In goal, the team has three freshman keepers on their roster in Jonathan Tesoro, Matt Lanigan, and Tim Fisher. With last year’s FOGO guy Joe Reilly out because of graduation, Maruna is the next man up, according to last year’s stats. He went only 1-of-13 last year. The Crusaders have a ton of holes to fill, and will need a huge miracle to get back into the Patriot League Tournament.
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