50 Years of Ice Hockey and Soccer

Men's ice hockey and soccer celebrated their 50th anniversaries in 2015-2016. The women's soccer team celebrated their 35th anniversary, while women's ice hockey has been on campus for 17 years. Learn more about the history of each of these programs.

50 Years of Ice Hockey

Ice hockey became a varsity sport at Holy Cross 50 years ago, in 1966, but students have been lacing up their skates on Mount St. James since 1917, when there was a club hockey team. The chilly winters on the Hill provided the perfect climate for outdoor pickup hockey games, but the College opened its indoor Hart Center Rink facility in 1975. The Crusaders have won more than 60 percent of their home games on Hart Center ice.

The team has made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, in 2004 and 2006, and has won three conference championships. The team made history at the 2006 NCAA Championships, when the 4th- ranked Crusaders defeated #1-ranked Minnesota in a thrilling overtime victory to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. The 2005-2006 team reunited on campus over the weekend of Dec. 4-5, 2015, to mark the 10th anniversary of their historic win with an alumni game and a special presentation during the Crusaders’ contest against Mercyhurst. The women’s ice hockey team joined the program in 1999. In 2016, they won their 6th NEHC Open League Championship in their 8th straight appearance in the title game. All told, they have earned a spot in the championship game 11 times in the program’s 17-year history.

50 Years of Soccer

Holy Cross men’s soccer first kicked off on Oct. 2, 1965, with a 9-6 victory over Assumption College. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the men’s team and the 35th anniversary of the women’s team, and soccer alumni returned to the Hill over the weekend of Oct. 24-25, 2015, for anniversary celebrations. The men’s program was honored at a halftime ceremony during the team’s game versus Lafayette, and it must have brought luck to the current Crusader footballers, who won 1-0. It was another great moment in the history of a program that has won three Patriot League regular season championships and made an appearance in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. The women’s program has logged a number of milestones of its own in the past 35 years. The team won the Patriot League Championship in 2000, earning a spot in that year’s NCAA Tournament. In 2014, the team went undefeated in non-conference games for the first time in school history.