Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: March 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 March of 2012.

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Chandley sparks Holy Cross women's tennis squad
March 31, 2012 * By Jay Gearan * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
From St. Peter-Marian High School to the College of the Holy Cross, Carolyn Chandley has been an outstanding student-athlete. Now in her senior year at Holy Cross, Chandley is a tri-captain of its successful women's tennis team. Entering this week of competition, the Crusaders owned an 8-2 overall record, dating to matches played last fall. . .

Holy Cross' John Colella enjoys closing time
March 30, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
John Colella was born and raised in Herndon, Va., so he always had to explain to people down there why he cheered for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. Now that he's been a student-athlete at Holy Cross for three years, his professional sports allegiances seem a little more fitting. "It's nice to root for those teams and not get a lot of questions," said the personable junior right-handed pitcher, who is known for keeping his teammates loose. . .

DEEP Hall of Honors — Tiffany DeCoff
March 29, 2012 * By Myrna Fearer * Danvers Herald
The Danvers Educational Partnership will induct three new members who have made a difference in the lives of students at the Seventh Annual DEEP Hall of Honor on Thursday, March 8, at the Danversport Yacht Club. . .

Melean's journey from Boston to Bolivia
March 22, 2012 * By Tom Marshall * MLSSoccer.com
During his junior year at College of the Holy Cross just outside Boston, Alejandro Meleán made a risky decision: He wasn't going to wait around for the right opportunity to come his way. He was going to hunt one down on his own. “I told my dad, ‘After college, I’m going to take a year off to see if a professional soccer career works out,’” the Miami native recounted to MLSsoccer.com by phone on Thursday. . .

Billy Packer took shots at mayor
March 22, 2012 * By Jesse Roman * Salem News
If only college hoops announcer Billy Packer could see Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt now. ... Actually, maybe it's better if he doesn't. "I certainly wouldn't run over and shake Billy Packer's hand if I saw him today," Bettencourt said with a smile yesterday when asked if he still holds a grudge against the now-retired college basketball analyst. . .

New coaches help open HC spring drills
March 21, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
With Monday’s record 70-degree temperatures, the first day of Holy Cross spring football practice almost felt more like the start of training camp in August. “It’s been incredible,” coach Tom Gilmore said today. The Crusaders will practice 14 times before the annual Spring Game on April 14. HC opens the 2012 season Aug. 30 against the University of New Hampshire, in the second night game ever at Fitton Field. . .

Holy Cross Looks for Answers in Spring
March 21, 2012 * By Joe Parello * GoLocalWorcester.com
The Holy Cross football team finished second in the Patriot League last season, and comes into spring practice looking to reload and contend again. After seven consecutive winning seasons, coach Tom Gilmore is confident about the state of his program. The Crusaders return 17 starters from last year's 6-5 team, seven of which were named All-Patriot League, and Gilmore believes his team has enough talent across the board for another special season. . .

Holy Cross Tennis Has Strong Local Ties
March 15, 2012 * By Joe Parello * GoLocalWorcester.com
The roster of Holy Cross’ women’s tennis team features only two players from Massachusetts, but there is still an undeniable Worcester presence. Seniors Carolyn Chandley and Emily Marr are both Worcester natives, and have lived their entire tennis lives in the city. Chandley played her high school tennis at St. Peter-Marian, while Marr played for Notre Dame Academy. During her time at Notre Dame, Marr played under current Holy Cross coach Lisa Meola. . .

HC women rewarded with tournament berth
March 13, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The Holy Cross women’s basketball season isn’t over yet. The Crusaders lost to Navy in the Patriot League Tournament final Saturday and missed out on an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but last night they were selected to play in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, a 16-team tournament similar to the men’s College Basketball Invitational. . .

Shipshape Holy Cross tries to sink Navy again
March 10, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Junior forward Amy Lepley looked up at the scoreboard seven minutes into Holy Cross’ early-February home game against Navy to see just how bad it was. It was pretty bad. Navy had jumped out to a 19-0 lead. “They brought it and we were like, ‘Oh, my God,’ ” Lepley said. . .

Navy women playing for NCAA bid
March 10, 2012 * By Bill Wagner * Annapolis Capital
Normally, having homecourt advantage would make a huge difference in a conference championship game. That might not be the case tonight when Navy hosts Holy Cross in the finals of the Patriot League Tournament for women's basketball. It's spring break at the Naval Academy and almost all of the Midshipmen have dispersed, hampering the home team's ability to create a raucous atmosphere at Alumni Hall. . .

Holy Cross Baseball Grabs Big Wins on Spring Trip
March 10, 2012 * By Joe Parello * GoLocalWorcester.com
Students at the College of the Holy Cross have been enjoying Spring Break over the last week, but the Crusader baseball team has spent the past few weeks working in warmer climates. Holy Cross (3-5) has been on the road since their season began on February 24th in College Station, Texas, against Texas A&M. The Aggies are only one of several high-profile teams that Holy Cross has faced on this season opening road trip, and coach Greg DiCenzo thinks this experience is something his players will remember forever. . .

Mike Daly is Holy Cross' captain courageous
March 9, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross senior captain Mike Daly is, by nature, quiet and unassuming, but when he has something to say to his teammates, he says it. Back in November, after a 2-0 loss to RIT, the Crusaders came out the next night, allowed four second-period goals to the Tigers and fell behind, 5-2. “In between periods, Mike came in and gave us a good one,” senior Matt Clune said. . .

Rested Mercyhurst men ready for AHA playoffs
March 9, 2012 * By Victor Fernandes * Erie Times-News
Coach Rick Gotkin admits the Mercyhurst men's hockey team might worry about things like ice time, grades and girlfriends. But the effects of an extended layoff? "I don't think they worry about whether we had too much time off or not enough time," Gotkin said. . .

Crusaders, Huskies move on
March 8, 2012 * By Allan Lessels * New England Hockey Journal
Holy Cross took out Army in two games and Connecticut did the same to Canisius in Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal series last weekend. The Crusaders and Huskies move on to this weekend’s quarterfinals, hoping to earn themselves trips to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., for the semifinals. Bentley knocked out Sacred Heart and Robert Morris ousted AIC and advanced to the semis as well, but those two had to work extra time to do it. . .

World War II disrupted this resident's football career
March 7, 2012 * By Cathy Tallyn * Rossmoore News
The job might have been great, and glamorous, but the pay wasn't. It was 1940 and William F. Gallogly had been a quarterback for two of the New York Giants' seasons. He was paid $25 a game. Playing sports was important to Gallogly, now 95 and a Rossmoor resident. He lettered in football and track in high school and was named the outstanding athlete in Rhode Island. He had offers of full-ride athletic scholarships from such universities as Harvard, Yale and Holy Cross. . .

Matt Ginn, Holy Cross begin playoff March
March 2, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl obviously doesn't rate his players on statistics alone, but goalie Matt Ginn's numbers over the last month have certainly earned the freshman a great appraisal. “His numbers are staggering,” Pearl said before Wednesday's practice. Ginn was in net for every game during HC's 7-0-1 surge to finish the regular season, and in those eight games he posted a 1.61 goals against average and .937 save percentage. . .

Holy Cross' Parker works first-year miracle
March 1, 2012 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Emily Parker picked up the phone with trepidation. She knew the number and knew she had to dial it, but it was a call she didn’t want to make. It was last March, and Parker was home in Johnston, Iowa. Her senior season of high school basketball had recently ended and she had to tell her future coach, Holy Cross’ Bill Gibbons, that she had re-torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Gibbons got the news and didn’t flinch. . .