Athletics

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Athletics at the College of the Holy Cross is to promote the intellectual, physical, and moral development of our students. Through Division I athletics participation, our young men and women learn a self-discipline that has significant present and long-term positive effects:

  • the interplay of individual and team effort;
  • pride and self-esteem in both victory and defeat;
  • a skillful management of time; personal endurance and courage; and
  • the complex relationships between friendship, leadership, and service in a team environment.

Our athletics program, in the words of the College Mission Statement, calls for “a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility.”

Besides teaching these important virtues, a few sports played at Holy Cross have the added value of focusing alumni, student, and fan support in enhancing our reputation locally, regionally and nationally. Holy Cross commits itself to accomplishment and distinction in these sports, which are a rich part of our tradition, choosing to do so in a way that complements the pursuit of academic excellence.

Holy Cross is committed to the guiding principles of the Patriot League, of which we are a founding member: presidential control of athletics; the cultivation of the ideal scholar-athlete; and participation in a wide variety of sports. Commitment to the last principle assures that the College sponsors, in a very evident way, gender equity.

The Department of Athletics is also committed to compliance with all College policies and regulations involved in Division I membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). As a member of the NCAA, Holy Cross also advocates student-athlete welfare, diversity, gender equity, sportsmanship, and ethical conduct in its athletic programs.

Intercollegiate Sports

Sponsoring a comprehensive athletic program at the NCAA Division I level, the College has 27 varsity athletics teams. Intercollegiate sports for men are:

  • baseball
  • basketball
  • cross country
  • football
  • golf
  • ice hockey
  • lacrosse
  • rowing
  • soccer
  • swimming & diving
  • tennis
  • indoor and outdoor track & field

Crusader women compete in:

  • basketball
  • cross country
  • field hockey
  • golf
  • ice hockey
  • lacrosse
  • rowing
  • soccer
  • softball
  • swimming & diving
  • tennis
  • indoor and outdoor track & field
  • volleyball

A charter member of the Patriot League, Holy Cross competes with American, Army, Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola (Md.) and Navy in conference play.

In non-league competition, the Crusaders face numerous top Division I programs, including many opponents from the Ivy League, Big East, American Athletic Conference and America East Conference. The men’s ice hockey team is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association, while the women’s ice hockey squad competes in the Hockey East Association.

Facilities

The College’s athletics fields are superbly maintained by its award-winning grounds staff. The football stadium seating 23,500, the lighted baseball stadium seating 3,000, eight tennis courts, and a softball field are located on lower campus. On upper campus, the lighted Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium seats 1,320, and Kuzniewski Field serving lacrosse and football seats 1,000. Also located on upper campus is a lighted artificial-turf field serving field hockey, surrounded by an eight-lane running track.

The Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex — home to the Crusader basketball, volleyball, swimming & diving, and ice hockey teams — just completed a renovation and expansion which serves both the championship dreams and wellness goals of the entire Holy Cross student body. In addition to the 3,536-seat basketball arena, 1,600-seat ice rink, and six-lane swimming pool with a separate diving area, the Luth Athletic Complex houses locker and shower facilities, exercise equipment, and a rowing practice tank. New features of the Luth Athletic Complex include:

  • a 64,000-square foot indoor center (with 100 yards of turf for use by all sports)
  • an auxiliary gymnasium for basketball and volleyball
  • 3,000 square feet of new space for sports medicine
  • 9,500 square feet of new space for sports performance
  • additional locker rooms for varsity teams
  • offices for all programs, athletic administrators and support services

The men’s and women’s rowing teams practice and compete on nearby Lake Quinsigamond, one of the world’s finest venues for crew and scene for many years of the Eastern Sprints rowing regatta. The lake also serves as the home port for the College’s sailing club.