Holy Cross Athletics Newsstand: January 2013

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 January of 2013.

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6 Questions With Dave Dudzinski
January 31, 2013 * By John Barone * Go Local Worcester
Dave Dudzinski is enjoying a career year for the Holy Cross men’s basketball team. After averaging 9.4 points last season, the junior forward has raised his scoring average to 15.9 points per game in 2012-2013, while once again leading the Crusaders in rebounding at 6.9 boards per contest. The 6-foot-9, 227-pound Elburn, Ill., native has shot 50.2 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free-throw line. . .

6 Questions With Amy Lepley
January 30, 2013 * By John Barone * Go Local Worcester
On Jan. 6, Amy Lepley scored her 1,000th career point for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team, becoming the 28th player in program history to achieve that milestone. The senior forward from Norfolk, Mass., a second-team All-Patriot League selection last season, is averaging 12.3 points and a team-best 5.4 rebounds through 11 games, after missing the Crusaders’ first nine contests with an injury. . .

Bentley, Holy Cross add chapter to hockey rivalry
January 24, 2013 * By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell * Boston Globe
The next chapter of the Bentley-Holy Cross rivalry will be written when the teams open a home-and-home series Friday night in Worcester. Holy Cross, off to its best start in seven years, is tied for second in Atlantic Hockey play (8-5-2) and Bentley is tied for fourth (8-6-1), 1 point behind the Crusaders. Both squads are excited about the matchup. “It’s obviously our closest opponent and we’ve been pretty tight in the standings the last couple of years,’’ said Bentley coach Ryan Soderquist. . .

With best start in seven years, Holy Cross next in line to challenge Niagara
January 17, 2013 * By Chris Lerch * U.S. College Hockey Online
At the beginning of the season, I talked to every Atlantic Hockey coach and all but one predicted a finish similar to 2011-12, which was so close it bordered on a statistical anomaly. Holy Cross coach Paul Pearl went against the grain and told me, “Statistically that’s not going to happen again. It was absurd and crazy. I have never been in a league with a finish like that. “I’m going to make a bold prediction that someone will win the league by five points.” His forecast is standing up right now with Niagara opening an eight-point lead the in the standings after a road sweep of American International last weekend. . .

Patrick Rissmiller returns to Worcester Sharks
January 11, 2013 * By Bill Ballou * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Patrick Rissmiller may be doing something that is scientifically impossible. Can anyone come full circle twice with the same circle? The veteran winger has been signed to a pro tryout agreement by the Sharks and practiced with them here Wednesday at the New England Sports Center. Rissmiller will be returning to the city that propelled his hockey career when he was at Holy Cross, and will be returning to play under his first professional coach, Roy Sommer. . .

Holy Cross returns to Grand Forks
January 3, 2013 * By Brad Elliott Schlossman * Grand Forks Herald
The last time Paul Pearl, Jim Wrobel and Bill Bellerose were in Grand Forks, they walked into a restaurant and received a standing ovation. “We were wearing our Holy Cross stuff,” said Wrobel, the school’s sports info director. That’s all it took back in 2006. Holy Cross became cult heroes in Grand Forks after stunning No. 1 seed Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Ralph Engelstad Arena. It was arguably the biggest upset in college hockey history. . .

Holy Cross men's hockey team breaks into national rankings
January 3, 2013 * By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell * Boston Globe
These are heady times for the Holy Cross hockey team. The Crusaders (10-4-2) are one of just two teams in Atlantic Hockey to crack double digits in victories so far. And in this week’s USCHO.com Division 1 poll, Holy Cross moved into No. 20 — the school’s first ranking since March 13, 2006. The team has lost back-to-back games only once this season — on Nov. 25 and 30 — but since then, it has put together a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). The Crusaders’ latest victory was a 5-4 thriller over Yale at home Dec. 30. . .

Kaneland grad leads Holy Cross in scoring, rebounding
January 3, 2013 * By Dennis Jacobs * Kane County Chronicle
Dave Dudzinski keeps upping his game and he doesn’t think he’s hit the ceiling yet. The 6-foot-9, 227-pound junior from Elburn is a big cog in the men’s basketball machine at Holy Cross, part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League. He’s shown improvement each year with the Crusaders and this season he’s leading the team in scoring (15.1 points a game) and rebounding (7.2 rebounds a game) while serving as one of three captains. “My game has really changed since high school,“ Dudzinski said. . .

Holy Cross forward Nunn back with splash
January 2, 2013 * By Jennifer Toland * Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Holy Cross senior forward Brandon Nunn missed eight hockey games while spending six frustrating weeks waiting for his separated left shoulder to heal, and when he finally returned to the lineup Sunday he made an immediate impact, helping the Crusaders to a 5-4 win over nationally ranked Yale. Nunn, one of Holy Cross’ top offensive threats the last three seasons, scored two goals and added an assist against the Bulldogs. With the victory, HC’s 10th of the season, the Crusaders cracked this week’s USCHO poll at No. 20. . .