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Fall 2016

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2 Crusader Nation • Fall 2016 AD's Corner Hello Friends, I hope this issue of Crusader Nation finds our readers happy, healthy, and filled with anticipation for another exciting year of Holy Cross Athletics. I am proud to report that the 2015-16 competitive year was Holy Cross' most successful in our 25-year history of membership in the Pa- triot League. Our teams scored the most ever points toward the Cor- vias Patriot League Presidents' Cup in school history. We finished the academic year in sixth place of the 10 schools, so while we have now risen to the middle of the League, we still have room to improve — and we will. Our student-athletes continue to be among the nation's leaders in Division I in service to the community. This year, Holy Cross placed sixth in the nation in the NCAA Division I Team Works Competition presented by "Helper Helper." The competition is based on how many community service hours each school contributes. Helper Helper serves as a charitable scoreboard, allowing student- athletes around the country to compete with their peers while serving surrounding communities. Our student-athletes totaled 4,959 total community service hours. In the classroom, they have upped their game as well. In the spring, 730 student-athletes combined for a 3.24 term GPA raising the student-athlete cumulative average to 3.15, ranking Holy Cross eighth in the nation — out of 1,071 teams recognized! Our student-athletes would not be able to experience success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community if not for the alumni, family, and friends who support them — by contributing to the Crusader Athletics Fund, attending games, and serving as mentors. Thank you so much for your dedication to, and your investment in, Holy Cross Athletics. I would like to recognize and publicly thank Bill Doran '77, P16 for his dedication and leadership to alma mater. Bill was a legendary student-athlete and is a member of the College's Varsity Club Hall of Fame. He was also a successful business leader in the financial services field. However, it is Bill's service as a member of the Board of Trustees and as the Chair of the Committee on Athletics that I would like to bring to light. Bill's support, guidance, generosity, and enthusiasm have helped lead Holy Cross Athletics to the position that we now enjoy. Please join me in a heartfelt thank you to Bill Doran. Succeeding Bill as Chair of the Committee on Athletics is Doug Baker '81. Doug has also long been a passionate supporter of Holy Cross Athletics and I look forward to working with him to further en- hance Holy Cross Athletics. I look forward to seeing you on campus and at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 12, 2016, when our Football team takes on Fordham in the Ram-Crusader Cup. Go 'Saders! Nathan Pine Director of Athletics In This Issue 3 Coach's Game Plan Women's Soccer 5 Paying it Forward Larry Doyle '83 and Spenser Huston '83 6 Student Spotlight Emily Iannaconi '17, Track & Field 7 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT... Maureen Connolly '18, Field Hockey Yuji Callahan '19, Men's Soccer 8 A Record Year FY16 Athletics Giving Recap 10 The Illinois Boys 12 Catching Up With Crusaders Susie Whelan Horan '07 13 Calendar 15 What I was Thinking Lynsey Petersen '19 16 Why I Give Crusader Nation P H O T O G R A P H E R S Mark Hasprzk, Gil Talbot, Tom Rettig, Peter Cooke, Dan Vaillancourt D E S I G N E R Michael Grinley T E L L U S W H A T Y O U T H I N K : Write Crusader Nation Office of Advancement One College Street Worcester, MA 01610-2395 Email Call 508-793-2415 Send ideas, thoughts, and comments. We want to hear from you.

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