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Holy Cross draws NEC champion Sacred Heart in NCAA DI FCS Championship first round



Crusaders and Pioneers will meet for the third time in series history in the FCS first round

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania. – Patriot League champion Holy Cross (9-2, 6-0 PL) will host NEC champion Sacred Heart (8-3, 6-1 NEC) at Fitton Field in the first round of the 2021 soccer championship division NCAA Division I (FCS) Championship begins Saturday, November 27. Coverage of the Crusaders and Pioneers will begin at noon. Coverage and ticket information will be announced soon.

Holy Cross won their third and ninth consecutive Patriot League title. The Crusaders broke a program record with six wins, while finishing unbeaten in the league. It was the third undefeated Patriot League season and the first since 1991.

Fitton Field / Worcester, Mass. Noon ET (ESPN +)

SERIES HISTORY: Holy Cross and Sacred Heart will meet for the third time, with the Crusaders holding a 2-0 advantage in the series. The Crusaders first met in 2005, with Holy Cross in the lead, 56-21 at Fitton Field. Holy Cross was at home for the two teams’ second meeting, claiming a 52-21 victory in 2009.
LAST MEETING (September 11, 2009) РHoly Cross No.25 beat Sacr̩-Coeur, 52-21, as quarterback Dominic Randolph threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a pair of scores. The Crusaders scored on four of their first five possessions to take an insurmountable 28-0 lead. Safety Anthony DiMichele finished with 10 tackles, one interception and two breakage passes.

Patriot League in the FCS qualifiers

Patriot League teams are 7-13 in FCS playoff games since 2010, winning at least one playoff game in six seasons during that span. Colgate qualified for the quarter-finals last season by beating James Madison (23-20). The Raiders fell to the eventual national champion of North Dakota State (35-0). The Raiders have won three playoff games, Fordham and Lehigh winning two apiece since 2010.

The League of Patriots is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continuously demonstrating that the student-athlete can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The sporting success of the Patriot League is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and developing student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics in the institutions of the Patriot League is considered an important part of a well-rounded education.