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Spring Sports Digest

By Frank Mastrandrea ’88

Baseball
After a solid start to the season that saw Holy Cross win three-out-of-four games against Bucknell and Lafayette, the Crusaders ended the season on a 12-game losing streak, falling just short of the Patriot League tournament. Holy Cross rounded out the year with a 13-27-1 record, 8-12 in league play. Captain Jeff Miller '00 finished his career by surpassing career records for games played (153), at bats (534), runs (109), doubles (34), total bases (275) and assists (374). Miller batted .303 on the season and tied for the team lead with five home runs. Jim Sweeney '01, last season's Patriot League Player of the Year, continued his impressive play, leading the pitching staff with a 3.73 ERA and 53 strikeouts while also batting .319 with a team-leading 27 RBIs. Sweeney will not play for the Crusaders next year, however, as he was drafted in the 14th round of the major-league baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox and will begin his professional career this summer. Matt Reiland '02 paced the squad with a .375 batting average while tying for the team lead with 27 runs scored. Corey Czajka '01 opened a lot of eyes as he started every game in center field and finished second on the team with a .341 batting average. First-year player Matt McEvoy established himself early in the starting lineup batting a hefty .338 while leading the team in doubles with 15, one shy of tying the record of 16 set by Rich Jasinski '78 in 1978. 

Softball
The softball team finished with a tie for third place in the Patriot League and ended up the fourth seed in the Patriot League tournament. Unlike the last two years, the squad won the first game in the tournament defeating 1999 Patriot League Champion Colgate before falling to the number two seed, Lehigh, in eight innings. The Crusaders then defeated Lafayette in the consolation bracket only to face Colgate for the second time in the tournament. Playing their third game of the day, the team ran out of steam and fell to Colgate, 5-1. Holy Cross finished with a 9-27-1 overall record, 4-6 in the Patriot League. Alyssa Hayden '03, the Crusaders' top hitter with a .336 batting average, led the team in hits (36), runs (18) and walks (11). Kait Hannen '03 was the team's top pitcher, posting five wins and a 3.09 ERA. She also had the team's only shutout.

Men's Lacrosse
Under the direction of first-year head coach, Mike McCaffrey, the Crusaders posted a 3-11 mark, two more wins than the previous year, a sure sign that better things are yet to come. Junior captain Richie Santoro led the team with 38 points (nine goals and 29 assists) while going over the 100-point mark for his career (112). Senior tri-captain Brian Scollard capped his successful four-year run with the Intercollegiate Award. 

Women's Lacrosse
After an exceptional 1999 season, the women's lacrosse team ended its most recent season with a disappointing 4-12 record overall and a 1-4 record in the Patriot League to finish in fourth place. Fortunately, returning to coach Paul Ramsey for the 2001 season will be the team's two top scorers. Jen Amendola '01, who broke six Holy Cross records this season, led the team in scoring with 65 goals and eight assists. First-year student Erin Rowse, second on the team in scoring (51 points), led the league in assists with 33. She also holds two school records for most assists in a season and most assists in a single game (6). Amendola and Erin Hartigan '01 will be the co-captains for the 2000-2001 season.

Men's& Women's Track & Field
The Crusaders posted some good performances at the Patriot League outdoor track championships. On the men's side, Dave Puloka '01, fresh off his All-New England and First Team All-Patriot League performance on the football field, won the gold medal in discus at the Patriot League championships, setting a new league record with a throw of 53.37 meters. Dan Conti '03 placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.04 seconds) while 2000 Holy Cross Crusader of the Year Scott Hinds '00 finished third in the 400-meter hurdles (55.31). Other highlights include a fifth-place finish by Dave Kasouf '03 in the 100-meter dash (10.99) and a seventh-place finish by Kipp Teamey '00 in the long jump (6.43 meters). Overall, the team finished seventh at the meet.
On the women's side, the Crusaders finished sixth at the Patriot League outdoor track championships. Alison LeBeau '01 vaulted 3.15 meters to fourth place in the pole vault while Marguerite DoRosario '00 placed fourth in the 1,500-meter (4:46.85) and Emily Hogan '02 placed sixth in the 3,000-meter (10:27.96). 

Men's & Women's Rowing
It was another successful season on Lake Quinsigamond for both the men's and women's rowing teams this year. The highlights of the year for the men's team-co-captained by Pat Godfrey '00 and Paul Guthrie '00-were the Men's Varsity 8's victory at the Patriot League championships, and a strong second-place finish by the Men's Varsity 4 at the Champion International Regatta. On the women's side, the team, led by co-captains Mera Kriz '00 and Sarah Tyler '01, boasts a New England championship for the Women's Varsity Lightweight 8, Patriot League titles for the Women's Varsity 8 and Women's Novice 8, and a third-place finish for the Women's Lightweight 8 boat at the Champion International Regatta.

Men's Basketball Recruits
The Crusader men's basketball team is eagerly awaiting the arrival of three student-athletes in the class of 2004. John Bucaro of Hauppauge, N.Y., Jave Meade of Long Island City, N.Y., and Greg Rector of Gaithersburg, Md., are Holy Cross' newest basketball recruits. 
Head coach Ralph Willard voiced his excitement about the incoming students:  "We've added three good players who have the potential to contribute to our program right away."
Bucaro, a 6-foot-5-inch guard, averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game while earning MVP honors at St. Anthony's High School this year. He also earned First Team All-League honors. Before choosing Holy Cross, Bucaro was considering Princeton and Yale.
Meade spent last season at Northfield-Mt. Hermon, after a successful career at Christ the King High School. The 6-foot-1-inch point guard averaged 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds at Northfield last season, earning the school's Most Outstanding Athlete honor. He was also chosen to the New England Prep School Class A All-Star team. Before choosing Holy Cross, Meade was considering such schools as Baylor, Vanderbilt, Mount St. Mary's and Brown.
Rector, a 6-foot-7-inch forward who averaged 21 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots as a senior at Quince Orchard High School, chose Holy Cross after considering VCU, Richmond, Navy and Mount St. Mary's. He was named the Montgomery County Journal Player of the Year last season, and was selected to play in the Capital City Classic-a game matching the best players in the Washington, D.C., area against a team of National All-Stars.

Women's Basketball Recruits
The Holy Cross women's basketball team is equally as excited to welcome their three newest recruits. Kristin Popovics of Marion, Iowa, Susan Altman of Glen Gardner, N.J., and Patty Fitzgerald of Providence, R.I., will make up the third athletic scholarship class since scholarships were reinstated. 
According to Head Coach Bill Gibbons, "We are extremely pleased to sign three quality players in the early signing period. Kristin, Sue and Patty are all tremendous competitors who have elevated their respective high school programs to new heights." 
Popovics is a 5-foot-7-inch guard who averaged 24.8 points and 7.2 assists per game as a junior at Marion High School. As a result, the Iowa Coaches Association named her First Team All-State. 
Altman is a 5-foot-10-inch forward who was named All-West Jersey Player of the Year as a junior at Voorhees High School where she averaged 17 points and 7.3 rebounds. 
Fitzgerald led her LaSalle Academy team to an undefeated junior season and the Rhode Island state championship. The 6-foot-1-inch forward averaged 17.2 points and nine rebounds and was named First Team All-State.


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