Holy Cross sets slate

Our favorite thing about the
Holy Cross release announcing the 2005-2006 schedule? No, it is not this nifty quote that sounds nothing at all like Ralph (but every bit like the thing say, an SID, or better yet, an sports info intern, might write:
"Once again, I think we have a very challenging schedule this season,' said Willard. 'It will be highlighted by games against Boston College at the DCU Center, at Cincinnati and at the San Juan Shootout, which will give All-America candidate Kevin Hamilton a chance to visit his family in Puerto Rico. I also feel that the Patriot League is looking as good as it has been during my tenure at Holy Cross, so this year's schedule should be one of the toughest we have faced."
No, my favorite thing is the December 27 game at George Mason, which should give me a chance to see the Crusaders before the PL season tips in January.
It's a strong schedule. As the release points out:
The Crusaders could play up seven games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season (Boston College, Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Vermont and two games against Bucknell), plus as many as three contests against squads which took part in the National Invitation Tournament (Boston University, Clemson and Northeastern).
A non-league game to circle is the San Juan Shootout opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga. A win will likely give the 'Saders a second-round meeting with Clemson, an RPI plus (for the whole league, actually). A loss would set up a consolation bracket game with Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, a fate worse than playing Savannah State from an RPI standpoint.

Another game with tangental Patriot League interest will be the opener against Juco Joe Knight's old team, Furniture (High Point) U.

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