The senior class was honored before today's game.
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
The senior class was honored before today's game.

Men's Soccer Concludes Season With 1-0 Loss To Loyola Maryland

Holy Cross Athletics   11-05-2016

THE BASICS

  • Score: Loyola Maryland 1, Holy Cross 0
  • Records: Holy Cross (5-10-3; 1-5-3 Patriot League); Loyola Maryland (8-6-3; 6-1-2 Patriot League)
  • Date: Nov. 5, 2016
  • Location: Worcester, Mass. (Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at the Luth Athletic Complex)
  • The Lead: Brian Saramago scored the game-winner on a penalty kick late in the second half as the Holy Cross men’s soccer team fell to Loyola Maryland, 1-0, in the Crusaders’ season finale on Senior Day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the eighth minute of the game, senior forward Joey DeVivo almost converted the first goal of the game when he volleyed the ball to the goal from five yards out, but Loyola goalie Matt Sanchez made an outstanding save with his foot to keep the game scoreless.
  • Holy Cross freshman goalie Bobby Hurstak recorded one save in the first half and Sanchez posted two to keep the score tied at 0-0.
  • In the 60th minute, Nico Brown of Loyola sent a shot from five yards away that was saved by Hurtsak to keep the game tied.
  • At 79:57, after a hand ball call in the box, Saramago scored the penalty kick goal with a shot to the bottom left corner of the net to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead.
  • Shortly after, in the 86th minute, senior forward Matt Villano fired a shot from 22 yards out, but Sanchez made a diving save to give Loyola the 1-0 victory.

KOOLMAN'S KORNER:

  • “This is another one of those games that you have to win and we certainly had chances to score particularly in the first half,” said head coach Marco Koolman. “I thought the second half was a little more even and unfortunately their goal was on a penalty kick. I think we played very well, especially in the first half. But we have to move on and prepare for next year.”

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Hurstak made four saves for the Crusaders and Sanchez also posted four saves to earn the win.
  • The Crusaders outshot the Greyhounds, 13-10, while Loyola led in shots on goal, 5-4.

LUKE DUNIVANT AWARD:

  • At halftime, the Luke Dunivant Award was presented to senior defender Ryan GaveyLuke's parents, Chris and Bob, and his brother Todd presented the award to Gavey.
  • The award was established in memory of former Holy Cross men's soccer player Luke Dunivant, Class of 1997, who passed away in 2008 after a courageous battle with leukemia. The award is presented annually to a member of the men's soccer team who, like Luke, has inspired others by displaying outstanding courage, commitment to the team and sportsmanship during his career. Past winners of the Luke Dunivant Award are Peter Whooley (2009), Tom Van Grinsven (2010), Jordan Michael (2011), Pat McCann (2012), Monty Sanders (2013), Michael Thompson (2014), and Eddie Gibbons (2015). 

SENIOR DAY

  • Before today’s game seniors Tim Frassetto (Trumbull, Conn.), Joseph Metzger (Tampa, Fla.), Gavey (Fairfield, Conn.), DeVivo (Ridgefield, Conn.), and Villano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the team over the last four years.
  • Frassetto played in 52 career games with 48 starts. Frassetto is a Veteran Leader in the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. As a sophomore he earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades.
  • Metzger played in 38 career games with 16 starts. This season, he was fourth on the team with four points on one goal and two assists. Metzger netted his first collegiate goal this season versus Brown. He is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
  • Gavey started in all 68 games he has played in and posted two assists. He was a mainstay on the defense for his career. During his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons he started in every one of the team’s games. He only missed four games for his career, and they were due to an injury. 
  • DeVivo played in 71 games with 63 starts. He played in the most games of any current player on the team. He had 23 goals and five assists for 51 career points. He is tied for seventh all-time in program history for career goals, while he is eighth for points. As a freshman he was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament team and the Rookie of the Week, while as a sophomore he earned Player of the Week honors. DeVivo is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. 
  • Villano played in 66 games with 38 starts. This season, he led the team with six goals, four assists and 16 points. This season, he was named the Patriot League Offensive and Midfielder Player of the Week. Villano posted eight goals and five assists for 21 career points. He is a 360 leader in the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

KEEP CONNECTED

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