Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand

Welcome to the Holy Cross Newsstand, a daily listing with links to stories from around the country on the Crusaders. While we'll try to have most stories to you early each morning, be sure to check back throughout the day as we add links at all hours when we find them.

Abington's Brandon Cipolla thrives at Holy Cross
March 28, 2013 * By John Johnson * Boston Globe
Holy Cross baseball coach Greg DiCenzo scours the country every year for hidden gems that big Division 1 schools often overlook. He found just what he was looking for in Abington’s Brandon Cipolla. The junior center fielder was lightly recruited out of BC High in 2010, and signed on with Holy Cross after his first visit to the Worcester campus. “At Holy Cross we can’t always hone in on the no-doubt, blue-chip guys because they’ll be offered athletic aid from some other institutions,” said DiCenzo, a Duxbury native in his sixth season at Holy Cross. . .

Julia Barrett finds success at Holy Cross
March 24, 2013 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
When she was 12 years old, Julia Barrett accompanied her college-bound cousin on a visit of Holy Cross and the day went down as one of the most boring of Barrett's pre-teen life. “I was too little to appreciate what was going on,” Barrett recalled. “It was just a long day, and by the end, I was done.” A few years later, when Barrett herself was considering colleges, what she wanted to study and where she'd play softball, her parents, Scot and Janice, proposed she take a look at HC. . .

Christine and Madelyn Ganser join forces at Holy Cross
March 20, 2013 * By Matt Noonan * Needham Times
It’s not often that siblings compete on the same athletic squad in high school and college, but next year, Christine Ganser will have that opportunity when she welcomes her sister Madelyn to the Holy Cross women’s basketball team. . .

Passion for Coaching
March 16, 2013 * By Neil Corbett * Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
Bruce Kozerski has seen plenty of success in his 51 years and much of it on the football field. He won a Wyoming Valley Conference championship as a member of the Coughlin football team in 1979 and played Division I football at Holy Cross where he earned honorable mention All-American honors. . .

Holy Cross perfect fit for McNamara family
March 15, 2013 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Brothers Mike and Joe McNamara grew up in the heart of Chestnut Hill. “We don't have houses across the street,” Joe said. “We have Boston College.” Mike, Joe and their two older brothers were born into diehard BC fandom. Their dad, John, played hockey for the Eagles in the mid-1980s, and their mom, Katie, a tennis star, is a member of BC's Hall of Fame. Their grandfather, John, is also a Boston College alumnus and was enrolled when BC's rivalry with Holy Cross was as hot as ever. . .

Thriving in Bolivia, Alejandro Melean still hopes for MLS move
March 7, 2013 * By Tom Marshall * MLSSoccer.com
Miami native Alejandro Meleán has always wanted to play in Major League Soccer. It’s just that after finishing college, there was very little interest from clubs. Fast-forward three years and things have changed. When the now-Bolivian international says he would be “very interested” in moving back north, teams may well sit up and take notice, especially with his contract with Oriente Petrolero running out in May. . .

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