Crusaders Set For Pivotal Game At American

Max Pettinelli

Holy Cross Men's Soccer

Overall: 5-8-2 (2-2-2 PL); Last Week: 2-0-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 1, Bryant 0, Worcester, Mass., 10/24
Holy Cross 2, Navy 1, Worcester, Mass., 10/27
Schedule: Saturday, Nov. 3 at American, Washington, D.C., 12:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's soccer team, which has won two in a row and three of its last four games, will conclude the Patriot League regular season on Saturday, Nov. 3, when it travels to Washington, D.C., to take on American at noon. The Crusaders are currently tied for fourth place in the Patriot League standings. The top four teams qualify for the Patriot League Tournament which will be hosted by American, who has clinched the top seed. The Crusaders are looking to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since the 2008 season when it fell in the championship game to Colgate, 2-1. The tournament is on Friday Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 11. The Crusaders' game versus Harvard on Tuesday, Oct. 30 has been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Details on a rescheduled date will be posted at a later time.
  • American is 9-5-2 overall (4-0-2 PL) this season are in first place in the Patriot League standings. The Eagles have clinched the top seed in the league tournament. The Crusaders are 2-1-2 versus the Eagles over the last five games. Last season, the Crusaders defeated American, 1-0, on Nov. 5.
  • The Crusaders are tied with Bucknell for fourth place in the league standings with eight points. American (14 points) is first, followed by Lafayette (nine points) and Colgate (nine points) who are tied for second. Lehigh is sixth with six points. Navy and Army each have five points.
  • The Crusaders are 5-1-1 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium this season. The five wins at home are the most since the team went 5-2-1 in 2008.  
  • Junior Josh Cintas (San Diego, Calif.), who scored his team-best second game-winner of the season in the 1-0 victory versus Bryant on Oct. 24, leads the team with a career-best six goals and a career-best 13 points, while he also has one assist. His six goals and 13 points are the most for a Crusader since the 2008 season when Kyle Miller posted nine goals and 18 points. His six goals are tied for second in the Patriot League, while his 13 points are tied for third in the league. For his career he has seven goals and six assists for 20 points.
  • Junior co-captain Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) has three goals and a career-best two assists for a career-best eight points. His three goals are second on the team and his eight points are tied for second. His three goals are also tied for ninth in the Patriot League. He netted his first career game-winner with his goal in the 2-1 victory versus Navy on Oct. 27. For his career, Sanders has seven goals and two assists for 16 points.
  • Juniors Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Kevin O'Connell (Basking Ridge, N.J.) are tied for the team-lead with four assists. Their four assists are tied for fourth in the Patriot League. Uttaro also has two goals for eight points. His eight points are tied for second on the team. The four assists are a career-best for Uttaro. He has five goals and six assists for 16 career points. The four assists are also a career-best for O'Connell. He also has one goal this season for six points. O'Connell was named the Patriot League Brine Offensive Player of the Week for his three-point performance in wins versus Bryant and Navy. He had an assist versus Bryant and scored a goal versus Navy. He has five goals and six assists for 16 career points.
  • Junior Max Pettinelli (Scituate, Mass.) posted his first collegiate point with an assist on the first goal of the game in the 2-1 victory versus Navy on Oct. 27. He has played in 22 career games.