WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.) has been named the Anaconda Sports/Lids Team Sports New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Player of the Week for his eight-point performance in the 15-14 overtime victory over defending America East champion and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Hartford on Feb. 25. He is the first Crusader to earn this honor since senior Colin McGeehin (Newtown Square, Pa.) won it on April 14, 2009. The Crusaders are also ranked No. 7 in the NEILA Division I Coaches Poll.
This is the second honor that Kennedy has earned for his performance as he was also named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 27. Kennedy scored a career-best six goals and posted two assists for a career-best eight points, including netting the game-winner in overtime in the victory versus Hartford. Kennedy now has two career game-winning goals as he scored with three seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Crusaders their first ever win versus Colgate in the 9-8 victory on March 13, 2010. He has seven career hat-tricks. He leads the team this season with seven goals, three assists and 10 points. Kennedy is also third with six ground balls. He leads the conference and is seventh nationally with 3.50 goals per game, while his 5.00 points per game lead the league and are third nationally. He is sixth in the league with 1.50 assists per game. He now has 48 goals and 23 assists for 71 points in 32 career games.
The Crusaders (1-1 overall) return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 28, when they play their home-opener at Holy Cross Field versus No. 15 Harvard (1-0 overall) at 4:00 p.m. Go here for live coverage of the game.