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Holy Cross, New Hampshire Advance To The NCAA FCS Tournament

Matthew Sluka and the Holy Cross football team secured the eighth seed in this year’s NCAA FCS Tournament. ((PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger Photography/Courtesy of Holy Cross Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

A pair of New England NCAA Division I FCS teams are headed to the postseason.

Holy Cross and New Hampshire heard their names called Sunday afternoon when the NCAA unveiled its 24-team tournament.

The Crusaders were one of eight teams to earn a spot in the second round – Holy Cross clinched its first 11-0 season in 31 yesterday after capturing its fourth-straight Patriot League title earlier this month with a 42-14 win over Lehigh University.

Holy Cross will host the winner of New Hampshire-Fordham University, which is scheduled to commence Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. The Wildcats will host the Rams after concluding their regular season as co-champions of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

William & Mary shared the CAA title with the Wildcats after New Hampshire outlasted Maine and the Tribe beat Richmond.

Like Holy Cross, William & Mary earned a first-round bye and will compete against the winner of Eastern KentuckyGardner-Webb.   

Holy Cross is making its four-straight appearance in the NCAA FCS Tournament. The Crusaders boast a 1-4 record in postseason play with their initial playoff win occurring last November with a come-from-behind victory over Sacred Heart University.

New Hampshire last competed in the FCS Tournament in 2017, winning back-to-back contests against Central Connecticut (14-0) and Central Arkansas (21-15) before falling to South Dakota State in the quarterfinals.  

In 2014, the Wildcats competed against the Rams of Fordham in the second round, scoring a 44-19 win, which was followed by a quarterfinal victory against Chattanooga. Illinois State ended New Hampshire’s championship run in the semifinals.

Ivy League Coaches, Players Express Excitement For 2021 Season

The Ivy League will announce plans for the fall sports season on Wednesday, July 8. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By Matt Noonan

After having their season canceled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic last summer, all eight Ivy League coaches, along with a few players shared their excitement for returning to the field this fall during this morning’s virtual media day.

“I think the 2021 Ivy League football season has the chance to be its best ever because of the collective effort of all these teams and all these amazing student-athletes,” said Cornell University coach Dave Archer.

“We finally get to showcase our football ability, (and) I’m really looking forward to that.”

While Archer’s excitement was echoed amongst his peers, so was the unknown: how good are these teams going to be this fall?  

Like many college football teams returning to campus this summer, there is a lot of unknowns about each squad considering so many rosters will feature a slew of sophomores and first years that yet to play a single down. But the uncertainty was overshadowed by enthusiasm to practice, and yes, compete again, too, later this year – most teams will begin their preseason later this week.

“We’re anxious and ready to go, and open up this Thursday,” said Dartmouth College coach Buddy Teevens.

Princeton University will enter the 2021 season as the favorite – the Tigers, who have accumulated 28 National Championships, along with 12 league titles since their initial campaign in 1869, return some key pieces from its 2019 squad that finished 8-2 overall. Princeton was unable to capture its second-straight Ivy League crown or at least share the title – Dartmouth and Yale University ended the season as co-champions.

But despite not finishing atop the Ancient Eight two years ago, Princeton coach Bob Surace told the media that his group has “worked really hard” over the last 17 to 18 months and will be ready to compete in a few weeks against Lehigh University.  

“We have a lot of guys who love football, who want to be with their teammates, and who want to see how good we can be,” said Surace.

While the Tigers should be pretty good this season, the same could be said for Dartmouth, Yale, and Harvard University — all four teams were picked to finish in the top half of last week’s preseason poll. And while Dartmouth and Yale maybe early favorites to challenge the Tigers for the top spot, one should not rule out the Crimson, who are returning a lot of seniors that coach Tim Murphy believes will help the squad be successful this year.

“It feels like Christmas is coming and we can’t wait for that day,” said Murphy, who will lead the Crimson into their first game next month against Georgetown University. “We have plenty of challenges ahead of us … we have a ton of work to do (and) we can’t wait to get started.”

The 2021 Ivy League season officially kicks off Saturday, September 18 with six games scheduled to appear on ESPN linear networks, according to the conference website.

Princeton Secures The Top Spot In The 2021 Ivy League Preseason Poll

The Ivy League unveiled its football preseason poll on Monday, August 9, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By Matt Noonan

After a year away from the gridiron due to Covid-19, the Princeton University football team will enter the 2021 season as the team to beat in the Ivy League.

Picked to finish first in the Ivy League Preseason Poll, which was released earlier today, the Tigers secured eight first-place votes, along with a league-high 113 points “by a panel of 16 media members from across the league.”

Princeton earned a share of the Ancient Eight title in 2016 before winning the league outright in 2018 with a 10-0 record.

Yale University and Dartmouth College, who shared the conference title in 2019 checked in second and third, respectively — Yale garnered six first-place votes and 104 points while Dartmouth secured one first-place nod and 88 points.

Harvard University rounded out the top four spots with 87 points in the voting while the University of Pennsylvania checked in fifth. Brown University, Columbia University, and Cornell University rounded out the eight-team poll, securing the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions, respectively.

“It’s always nice to see our program held in high regards,” said Princeton football coach Bob Surace in a statement earlier today.

“It’s great to be the preseason pick, but every league team will start practice thinking they will be (number one) when the season ends. We have to work hard every day to reach out goals. I know every one of our guys is excited to get started.”

The 2021 Ivy League season kicks off Saturday, September 18 with eight intriguing matchups — Princeton will visit Lehigh University while Yale will host Holy Cross.

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from today’s afternoon contests. 

* Harvard 34, Columbia 0 

* Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 20 

* Assumption 37, LIU Post 27 

* New Haven 54, Bentley 10 

* Stonehill 26, Merrimack 14 

* AIC 33, So. Conn. 14 

* Becker 20, Castleton 3

* Gallaudet 35, Anna Maria 7

* SUNY Maritime 16, Mount Ida 7

* Springfield 35, RPI 28

* WPI 31, Rochester 21 

* Westfield State 38, Worcester State 20 

* Mass. Maritime 46, Plymouth State 44

* Framingham State 35, Bridgewater State 28 

* Fitchburg State 25, UMass Dartmouth 20 

* Curry 34, Nichols 13 

* Amherst 20, Williams 7 

* Middlebury 52, Tufts 10 

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Rallies To Defeat Lehigh

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release pertaining toward the women’s basketball team, which rallied past Lehigh in a Patriot League contest:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Holy Cross sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) scored a career and team-best 19 points and connected on six of seven from behind the arc to help lead the Crusaders to a come-from-behind, 72-66, triumph over Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at Stabler Arena. Holy Cross snapped a 10-game losing streak versus the Mountain Hawks and improves to 12-11 on the season and 4-4 in the Patriot League. Lehigh falls to 10-13 overall and 2-6 in the conference.

The Mountain Hawks scored four quick points over the first 47 seconds of the game, but the Crusaders answered with an 11-2 rally to gain the 11-6 lead at the 13:15 mark of the first half. However, Lehigh would counter with a 13-3 scoring surge to go on top 19-14 with 9:20 left in the half.

Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) drilled a pair of threes to put the Crusaders back on top (20-19) at the 6:16 mark, but Lehigh then went ahead by five points just two minutes later (25-20). The Crusaders scored four straight to trail by one (25-24) with 1:48 on the clock, but the Mountain Hawks pushed their lead back to five and went into the locker room on top 29-24.

Lehigh kept the five point advantage over the first three-plus minutes of the second half as it led 34-29 (16:34). Holy Cross would then go on a 6-0 rally that was capped off with a Cooper three-pointer to put the Crusaders on top 35-34 at the 14:51 mark of the second half.

The two teams traded buckets over the next six minutes as there were five lead changes and three tied scores, but Lehigh held the 49-48 advantage. Holy Cross then embarked on a 16-6 run to grab its largest lead of the contest thus far (64-55) with 4:09 on the clock. Cooper drained a pair of threes as sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) scored five points for Holy Cross during the rally.

Lehigh put up seven quick points to trail 64-62, but Smith hit a momentum-shifting three-pointer to give the Crusaders the 67-62 lead with 1:27 left in regulation. Cooper, Parker and senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) combined to go five of six from the charity stripe over the next minute to push the lead to 10 points (72-62). Lehigh ended the contest with four points over the final 30 seconds, but that would not be enough as the Crusaders held on for the victory.

In addition to Cooper for Holy Cross, Smith finished the contest with 14 points on four treys, a season and game-high nine assists and six rebounds. Lepley scored 13 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds, while Parker posted nine points and a game-best nine rebounds. Junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) scored six points for HC, while freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J)hauled in six boards.

The Crusaders connected on 24 of their 56 shots in the game (42.9 percent), while the Mountain Hawks hit 41.4 percent from the field (24 of 58). Holy Cross shot lights out from downtown as it drained 13 of its 23 shots from behind the arc (56.5 percent), tying a school record for three-pointers in a game. Lehigh was limited to 4 of 19 on its three-point shots (21.1 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in rebounds (42-33), assists (22-19), offensive rebounds (12-6), second-chance points (16-11) and bench points (35-12).

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at 7:00 p.m.