Men's Soccer Set For Patriot League Quarterfinal
|Holy Cross (6-8-3, 4-3-2 PL) vs. Lehigh (11-6-1, 5-3-1 PL)|
|Bethlehem, Pa. // Urlich Sports Complex|
|Tuesday, Nov. 7||7:00 p.m.||Click Here - PLN||Click Here|
|Series Record: Holy Cross trails, 11-12-4||Last Meeting: HC 1, L 0 (11/4/17)|
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s soccer team will take on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the Patriot League Quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Urlich Sports Complex. The game is the second contest between the two teams in four days, having concluded the regular season at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium on Nov. 4.
- Arno Rupp leads the Crusaders with 16 points on seven goals and two assists in 17 games played.
- Owen Azrak and Nicolas Cestaro have each posted four points on two goals in 2017. A total of eight Crusaders have scored at least on goal on the season and five have tallied at least one assist.
- Henry Stutz has recorded five shutouts in 2018, including back-to-back clean sheets in the team’s last two matches. Stutz holds a 1.51 goals against average and a .679 save percentage through 17 games played.
- The Crusaders have not allowed a goal since Oct. 25 in the 4-3 defeat of Colgate.
The Crusaders in the Patriot League
- Holy Cross finished in fifth place in the league with a 4-3-2 conference record, despite being picked tenth in the preseason poll.
- The four league wins is the most since the 2013 season.
- Three Crusaders were tabbed for All-Patriot League honors as Justin Carfora and Arno Rupp were Second Team selections. Yuji Callahan was a Third Team selection for the second-consecutive season.
- With a fifth-place finish, the Crusaders secured their Patriot League Tournament bid for the first time since 2013, when the team finished in third place and advanced to the championship game.
The Last Time vs. Lehigh
- The Crusaders and Mountain Hawks last saw each other on Nov. 4 in the regular season conclusion. Holy Cross defeated Lehigh, 1-0, with the lone goal coming from Nicholas Cestaro in the 83rd minute.
- Holy Cross is one of only four teams to have kept Lehigh from scoring (George Washington, Aug. 27, Ohio State, Sept. 1, and Boston University, Sept. 30).
- The Crusaders held the advantage over the Mountain Hawks in shots (10-6 corner kicks (6-5), and shots on goal (7-3).
- Henry Stutz made three saves to mark his fifth shutout of the season and his second-consecutive clean sheet.
All-Time vs. the Mountain Hawks
- The Crusaders are 11-12-4 against the Mountain Hawks all-time, with their last contest just four days prior to the Quarterfinal match.
- In their last three meetings, Holy Cross has won each including their last match in Bethlehem, Pa. in 2015 (W, 1-0).
- At Lehigh, Holy Cross holds a 4-5-3 record. In tournament games with the Mountain Hawks, the Crusaders are 0-1-0.
- The Mountain Hawks secured a fourth place seed with a 5-3-1 Patriot League record and posted an 11-6-1 overall record in 2017.
- Lehigh boasts some offensive power, averaging 1.94 goals per game.
- Forward Mark Forrest was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with 15 goals and eight assists on the season for 38 points. Forrest was also an All-Patriot League first team selection.
- Four other Mountain Hawks earned All-Patriot League honors.
- Will Smith has played the majority of time in goal for Lehigh, totaling four shutouts, a 1.14 goals against average and a .759 save percentage.