Holy Cross Video Recap

14 Nov

The Cougars were on the road again, this time to the Northeast to take on Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Traveling is a major part of the college basketball season. It allows our student-athletes, to not only compete against the best non-conference teams, but to see different parts of the country. More than half of the team had never been to the New England area prior to our weekend road trip to Boston.

You never know who you will bump into while traveling. College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins and sophomore guard Andrew Lawrence ran into some familiar faces from the Southern Conference in Davidson head coach Bob McKillop and freshman Ali Mackay, while catching our connecting flight in the Charlotte airport. Lawrence and Mackay were both teammates on the U-20 Great Britain National Team this past summer and hope to represent the UK in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London.

Time on the road offers time to study and bond as a team as well as meet up with family and friends. The Cremins clan trekked three hours from New York City to see the Cougars play the Crusaders and it was great to see Coach and his nephew, Jonathan Cremins, interact with their family members and old friends from home. How many Bobbys, Johnnys and Dannys are there LOL?! 🙂

James Carlton’s family was also in attendance at the game. His father, James, was recruited by Coach Cremins to play at Appalachian State in the 70s, but he eventually played at Holy Cross and lettered in 1982. Ironically, the Cougars played both of his parents’ alma maters in back-to-back games as his mother, Pamela, attended the University of Maryland. The elder Carlton joined new Voice of the Cougars Jeff McCarragher on the radio for a halftime interview.

There are so many support staff members at CofC who work behind-the-scenes to make sure our student-athletes receive the best experience, care and treatment possible. Student athletic trainer Sara Vermouth, a junior athletic training major from Northboro, Mass., traveled with the team and was a big help to director of sports medicine Chris Horschel over the weekend.

The Cougars played a great first half against Holy Cross due in part to sophomore Willis Hall and senior Jeremy Simmons. Last year, both were our best percentage shooters from the floor. They scored all of the team’s first 16 points of the game … all before the first media timeout! It was a good win for the Cougars, especially after such a heartbreaking loss to Maryland on Wednesday night and if you’ve ever read John Feinstein’s book, The Last Amateurs, Patriot League teams don’t go down without a fight, so kudos to Holy Cross.

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