Colors: Purple and white
The only other Patriot League school located in New England, the Worcester-based Crusaders also have 25 varsity teams and were one of the founding members of the Patriot League in 1986, along with Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette College and Lehigh University.
A powerhouse in the late 1940s and early 1950s with players such as NBA Hall of Famers Bob Cousy and Tom Heinsohn, it has been 66 years since the Holy Cross men’s basketball team has won the NCAA Tournament, and it is likely it will not be back in quite some time, as the Crusaders haven’t made an NCAA tournament appearance or won the Patriot League conference championship since 2007, and finished last season with 12-18 record.
Led by six-time Patriot League Coach of the Year winner Bill Gibbons, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team finished last year with a 18-14 record and made it all the way to the Patriot League Championship Game, where they lost to Navy by a score of 72-53.
It has been a rough stretch for the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team over the past few seasons, as they have amassed a lowly 19-41 record over the last four seasons.
While the women’s lacrosse team has fared better over the last few seasons with a Patriot League Championship Game appearance in 2012, the Crusaders slumped the follow season with a 9-10 record.
While sophomore Emily Jarvis finished sixth amongst all Patriot League softball players with a .349 batting average and 17 RBIs, the Holy Cross softball team still slumped last season with a 7-13 record, finishing fifth in conference standings.