Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: February 2012

Welcome to the Holy Cross Newsstand, a daily listing with links to stories from around the country on the Crusaders. Here are the stories from February of 2012.

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No bye, no problem for Crusaders
February 29, 2012 * By Allan Lessels * New England Hockey Journal
Holy Cross posted another fine February in Atlantic Hockey and now will see what it can do with March. The Crusaders finished in a three-way tie for third-place in the league with Mercyhurst and RIT and, because of tiebreakers, ended up as the odd team out of a bye and will play a first-round series this weekend. . .

Holy Cross Faces Difficult Road
February 28, 2012 * By Seth Orensky * SBNation.com
The Patriot League Tournament is upon us and for seven teams that means their season ending and the painful process of preparing for next year will begin within the next 10 days. With no hopes of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, every team is desperate for one magical three-game run to get them to the Big Dance. While the bottom four teams have slim to no chance of making it to the championship game, all four of the teams atop the standings have shown themselves capable of beating any of the other top contenders. . .

Holy Cross' Stacey Hochkins beating doubts
February 25, 2012 * By Steve Kendall * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Even in her wildest dreams, Stacey Hochkins never thought when she arrived at Holy Cross four years ago that she would accomplish anything close to what she has. And when her playing days for the Crusaders end sometime this weekend, she will be HC’s all-time leader in all six major offensive categories. Heading into today’s first-round game of the ECAC Open against St. Michael’s in Manchester, N.H., Hochkins has collected 101 goals and 85 assists for 186 points, 18 game-winning goals, 22 power-play goals and 15 short-handed goals. . .

Holy Cross gets Defensive for Patriot League Tournament
February 24, 2012 * By Joe Parello * GoLocalWorcester.com
Last month, few would have predicted the Holy Cross men’s basketball team would be hosting a Patriot League Tournament game, but that is just what the Crusaders are set to do. Winners of five straight, Holy Cross (14-3, 8-5 Patriot League) has been getting it done on the defensive end of the floor lately. Over that period, which includes a victory over conference leader Bucknell, the Crusaders have given up just 54 points a game, and allowed opponents to shoot only 40 percent from the field. . .

Aloisi having fun as Rivier assistant hoop coach
February 18, 2012 * By Tom King * Nashua Telegraph
Rivier College women’s basketball coach Paul Williams spotted Laura Aloisi working out in the Muldoon Center one summer day following a basketball camp. He was determined to keep her there until winter. Now, obviously, that wasn’t going to happen. But Williams, knowing Aloisi’s place in Nashua basketball history, wasn’t going to let the opportunity slip by. He desperately wanted her on his staff. . .

Lockbaum Says Holy Cross Should Benefit from New Scholarship Rules
February 17, 2012 * By Joe Parello * GoLocalWorcester.com
With this week’s announcement that the Patriot League will begin permitting merit based athletic scholarships for football, one former Holy Cross great says the Crusaders will be able to take their program to the next level. During his days with the Crusaders, Gordie Lockbaum was a national sensation. The multi-talented Lockbaum played both sides of the ball, earned All-American honors twice as a defensive back and was twice a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. . .

Holy Cross to offer football scholarships
February 14, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The Patriot League's Council of Presidents yesterday announced its endorsement of a policy that will allow athletic scholarships for football. Starting with the class entering school in the fall of 2013, Holy Cross and its league companions will be permitted to award the equivalent of 15 athletic financial aid awards to incoming football student-athletes each year, including transfers. . .

Front Line Crusader
February 9, 2012 * By Melissa Tabeek * Dorchester Reporter
Caroline English is a hockey player with a rare mix of skills: She’s both aggressive and lighthearted and that combination has taken her places in her collegiate career. The 22-year-old junior at Holy Cross College has come a long way since her days in the Dorchester Youth Hockey League. Now she scores game-winning goals against University of Massachusetts Boston, as she did this past Saturday. . .

Men's basketball seeks revenge against Holy Cross in Patriot League rematch
February 1, 2012 * By Taylor Brandes * Brown & White
The men's basketball team will take the court at Stabler Arena seeking revenge against the College of Holy Cross on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Mountain Hawks hope to open up the second half of Patriot League play better than the first half when they suffered an 84-78 loss to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma. However, the teams have been moving in opposite directions since their first meeting. The Hawks (17-6, 5-2) have won five of six games while the Crusaders (9-12, 3-4) have lost four of their last six. . .