WORCESTER, Mass. – With the 2013 calendar year drawing to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the top moments in Crusader Athletics over the last 12 months. There were too many outstanding performances to mention them all, but here are the top 10 of 2013 (listed in chronological order):
March 11: Women’s basketball defeated
Colgate 59-38 at the Hart Center in the Patriot League semifinals,
to earn their second straight appearance in the Patriot League
championship game. The Crusaders came up short in the final,
falling at Navy 72-53.
March 17: Men’s lacrosse defeats Navy for the first time ever, posting a 7-5 victory in front of 15,656 fans at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y.
April 26: Women’s lacrosse upsets American 8-7 in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, to advance to the championship game for the second year in a row. Two days later, the Crusaders fell to top-seed Navy 14-4 in the title game.
April 28: Baseball swept a doubleheader at Army (2-0 and 11-9) to claim the first Patriot League regular season title in school history. The Crusaders would go on to finish as the runner-up in the Patriot League Tournament.
May 4: Stephanie Okpoebo of the women’s track and field team won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, to take home Athlete of the Meet honors at the Patriot League outdoor championship.
May 22: After placing third in the third-level final at the Eastern Sprints, the men’s rowing varsity eight was ranked No. 20 in the nation by U.S. Rowing. That marked the first time the Crusaders had been nationally ranked since 2006.
June 5: Eleven different Holy Cross athletic teams received NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
November 15: After playing Army to a 1-1 double overtime tie in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, the men’s soccer team defeated the Black Knights 4-3 on penalty kicks to advance to the finals. Two days later, the Crusaders fell to top seed Navy 2-0 in the championship game.
November 29: Men’s ice hockey posts a 5-4 upset victory at No. 7 Boston College. The win marked the first time a team from the Atlantic Hockey Association had ever defeated the Eagles.
December 17: Nathan Pine is named the eighth full-time athletic director in the history of Holy Cross.