Softball Announces 2017 Schedule

Holy Cross Athletics   12-15-2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – The 2017 Holy Cross softball schedule has been officially released as announced by head coach Jen Lapicki and director of athletics Nathan Pine. The Crusaders are set for a 44-game slate, comprised of four tournaments, 31 games on the road, 13 match ups at Freshman Field and 18 Patriot League contests.

This year’s schedule features two NCAA participants from last season in Marist and Patriot League rival Boston University.

“After a successful fall, coach Roberts and I are very excited for the 2017 Season," said Lapicki. "We look forward to accelerating the continued growth of our program as we face quality opponents both on the road and at home. In preparation for a competitive Patriot League line-up, we will challenge our team early with a schedule that includes both regional and national competition." 

FOUR INVITATIONALS OFF THE BAT

Holy Cross will start its season down south in Boiling Springs, N.C. at the Runnin’ Bulldog Softball Tournament from Feb. 17-19. The Crusaders will face three teams including Hampton (March 17-18), Gardner-Webb (March 17-18) and Seton Hall (March 19).

Holy Cross will continue down the east coast to Florida, where the team will compete in two more invitationals. From March 7-8, the Crusaders will play four opponents at the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational. On the schedule are Florida International (March 7), Florida Gulf Coast (March 7-8) and Ball State (March 8).

Then from March 10-12, Holy Cross will shift its momentum to Clearwater, Fla. for the Under Armour Showcase hosted by South Florida. Holy Cross will square off with another five foes, consisting of South Dakota State (March 10) Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (March 10), Canisius (March 11), Savannah State (March 11) and Indiana State (March 12).

Returning north, Holy Cross will compete in a doubleheader versus Providence on the road on March 18, before participating in the Stony Brook Invitational. The Crusaders will face Brown on March 25-26 as well as Stony Brook from March 25-26.

For its final game in March, Holy Cross will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on Harvard on March 28.

BEGINNING CONFERENCE ACTION ON THE ROAD

Starting in April, the Crusaders will begin Patriot League action with three games on the road at Army West Point from April 1-2. Following the series with the Black Knights, the Crusaders will return to New England to face Boston University in another three-game series from April 8-9.

HOME OPENER

Holy Cross will host its home opener on April 12 in a doubleheader versus Marist. The following day (April 13), the Crusaders will head to Providence, R.I. to face Brown for the third time on the season.

Returning home to Worcester, Holy Cross will host a three-game series versus Lehigh from April 15-16, prior to hitting the road one last time for another three games at Colgate (April 22-23).

CLOSING OUT THE SEASON ON FRESHMAN FIELD

The Crusaders will play-out the remainder of the season on Freshman Field. On April 25, Holy Cross will compete in its final non-conference match of the year in a doubleheader with Siena. Next on April 29-30, Holy Cross will host Bucknell for three games.

Concluding the regular season in May, the Crusaders will play Lafayette three times at home from May 6-7.

PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Patriot League Championship is scheduled for May 11-13, with the top overall seed hosting the top four teams in the conference in a double-elimination tournament.

All start times listed on GoHolyCross.com are Eastern.

2017 Softball Schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Time

Feb. 17

Hampton^

Boiling Springs, N.C.

12:00 p.m.

Feb. 17

Gardner-Webb^

Boiling Springs, N.C.

4:00 p.m.

Feb. 18

Hampton^

Boiling Springs, N.C.

10:00 a.m.

Feb. 18

Gardener-Webb^

Boiling Springs, N.C.

12:00 p.m.

Feb. 19

Seton Hall^

Boiling Springs, N.C.

9:00 a.m.

Mar. 7

Florida International+

Fort Myers, Fla.

1:00 p.m.

Mar. 7

Florida Gulf Coast+

Fort Myers, Fla.

5:45 p.m.

Mar. 8

Ball State+

Fort Myers, Fla.

2:30 p.m.

Mar. 8

Florida Gulf Coast+

Fort Myers, Fla.

5:00 p.m.

Mar. 10

South Dakota State%

Clearwater, Fla.

11:30 a.m.

Mar. 10

SIUE%

Clearwater, Fla.

4:30 p.m.

Mar. 11

Canisius%

Clearwater, Fla.

9:15 a.m.

Mar. 11

Savannah State%

Clearwater, Fla.

2:00 p.m.

Mar. 12

Indiana State%

Clearwater, Fla.

9:00 a.m.

Mar. 18

Providence (DH)

Providence, R.I.

12:00 p.m.

Mar. 25

Brown#

Stony Brook, N.Y.

10:30 a.m.

Mar. 25

Stony Brook#

Stony Brook, N.Y.

2:30 p.m.

Mar. 26

Stony Brook#

Stony Brook, N.Y.

12:30 p.m.

Mar. 26

Brown#

Stony Brook, N.Y.

2:30 p.m.

Mar. 28

Harvard

Cambridge, Mass.

4:00 p.m.

Apr. 1

Army West Point (DH)*

West Point, N.Y.

12:00 p.m.

Apr. 2

Army West Point*

West Point, N.Y.

12:00 p.m.

Apr. 8

Boston University (DH)*

Boston, Mass.

12:00 p.m.

Apr. 9

Boston University*

Boston, Mass.

12:00 p.m.

Apr. 12

Marist (DH)

Worcester, Mass.

2:35 p.m.

Apr. 13

Brown

Providence, R.I.

3:00 p.m.

Apr. 15

Lehigh (DH)*

Worcester, Mass.

12:05 p.m.

Apr. 16

Lehigh*

Worcester, Mass.

12:05 p.m.

Apr. 22

Colgate (DH)*

Hamilton, N.Y.

12:00 p.m.

Apr. 23

Colgate*

Hamilton, N.Y.

12:00 p.m.

Apr. 25

Siena (DH)

Worcester, Mass.

2:35 p.m.

Apr. 29

Bucknell (DH)*

Worcester, Mass.

12:05 p.m.

Apr. 30

Bucknell*

Worcester, Mass.

12:05 p.m.

May 6

Lafayette (DH)*

Worcester, Mass.

12:05 p.m.

May 7

Lafayette*

Worcester, Mass.

12:05 p.m.

May 11-13

Patriot League Championship

TBA

TBA

 

Home games in Bold
*Patriot League Game
^Gardner-Webb Invitational
+Florida Gulf Coast Invitational
%Under Armor Showcase
#Stony Brook Invitational


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