March 1, 2005
Four players from the Holy Cross women's basketball team were named to the 2005 Patriot League All-Conference Team as announced by conference officials on Tuesday. Seniors Lisa Andrews (Concord, Mass.) and Maggie Fontana (Barrington, Ill.) earned First Team All-League accolades, and freshmen Laura Aloisi (Nashua, N.H.) and Ashley McLaughlin (Andover, Mass.) were selected to the All-Rookie Team.
A 2004 Second Team pick, Andrews has been named the Patriot League Player of the Week twice (Jan. 17 and Nov. 22) this season, and recently scored her 1,000th career point. She led the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), blocks (44) and was tied for first in rebounds (140) during the regular season. She was third on the team in rebounds per game (5.2 rpg) and shot better than 47% from the field and better than 80% from the free throw line. In addition, Andrews finished the regular season ranked third in the league (conference games only) in scoring with 15.3 ppg. The 6-foot-3 center is also ranked third on the HC all-time blocked shots list with 190, which is good for third on the all-time PL charts. She was also recently named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District I squad.
Fontana is a four-time All-League selection, earning Second Team honors last season, First Team honors in 2003, and All-Rookie Team recognition in 2002. She was also the 2003 Patriot League Tournament MVP and the 2002 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. The Illinois native led the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg), and free throw percent (80.8%). She also finished the season second on the team in scoring (10.5) and was selected Player of the Week (Jan. 31). A member of the HC 1,000 point club, Fontana ranks in the Top 10 on the all-time Holy Cross women's basketball lists in points, rebounds, assists and steals. She is also ranked in the Top 15 on the all-time Patriot League lists in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
The 5-foot-9 Aloisi started 20 games this year and led the team in assists (105) and assists per game (4.3), while finishing the season ranked second in the league. The New Hampshire native also earned Rookie of the Week honors on November 29. McLaughlin finished the season with averages of 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. She was also tied for ninth in the league in blocks this season.
Holy Cross was the only school with four players selected. Lehigh, Army and Bucknell had three players each.
The Crusaders will be the #1 seed in this week's Patriot League Tournament. HC will take on #8 Lafayette in quarterfinal action at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night. The game will be televised on CSTV.