Holy Cross Set To Face Ohio State In NCAA Tournament
March 16, 2005
NCAA TOURNAMENT - FIRST ROUND
#15 HOLY CROSS vs. #2 OHIO STATE
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2005
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: College Park, Md.
Arena: Comcast Center (University of Maryland)
Capacity: 17, 950
#15 Holy Cross 20-10
#2 Ohio State 24-8
Series History: Ohio State, 1-0
Last Meeting: Ohio State, 102-60 (1985 NCAA Tournament)
Streak: Ohio State, 1
Talent: Pam Ward, Van Chancellor, Jimmy Dykes
Radio: WTAG 580 AM
Talent: Dick Lutsk, Jeremy Lechan
Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Holy Cross student station
Talent: Craig Lowell, Kyle McCarthy
Sunday's game is just the second all-time meeting between Holy Cross and Ohio State in the 30 seasons of varsity basketball at HC.
The Series: Ohio State holds a 1-0 series advantage over Holy Cross after a 102-60 thrashing of the Crusaders in the first round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament. That was the first and only meeting between the two schools.
Holy Cross and Ohio State in the Tournament: This will be the 11th all-time NCAA Appearnace for Holy Cross, which has a 1-9 record. The Crusaders' only win came in 1991 when the Purple and White defeated Maryland, 81-74. Ohio State is making its third straight NCAA postseason appearance and its 14th trip overall. This year's No. 2 seeding for OSU is the second highest in program history as the 1992-93 Final Four team was a No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Buckeyes are 15-13 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
Holy Cross Probable Starters:
G - #10 Sarah Placek, Jr., 5-3, 8.7 ppg, 2.6 apg
G - #05 Laura Aloisi, Fr., 5-9, 3.4 ppg, 4.3 apg
G/F - #34 Maggie Fontana, Sr., 5-11, 10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg
F - #33 Brittany Keil, So., 6-2, 9.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
C - #00 Lisa Andrews, Sr., 6-3, 12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Ohio State Probable Starters:
G - #01 Brandie Hoskins, So., 5-9, 12.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G - #24 Ashley Allen, Sr., 5-8, 4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
G - #25 Caity Matter, Sr., 5-9, 13.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
F - #33 Michelle Munoz, Jr., 5-11, 4.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
C - #50 Jessica Davenport, So., 6-4, 19.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg
Holy Cross Wins Tenth Tournament Title: Top-seeded Holy Cross won its 10th all-time Patriot League Tournament title after defeating sixth-seeded Colgate, 79-70, Wednesday, March 9 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders have won more tournament titles than all other Patriot League teams combined (Fordham 2, Lehigh 1, Bucknell 1, Colgate 1). Since its inception in 1982, Holy Cross has won 11 regular season titles and 10 tournament titles, and earned 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Holy Cross Captures 11th League Title: Holy Cross claimed its 11th all-time Patriot League regular season title two weeks ago after finishing the 2004-2005 regular season campaign with a 12-2 conference record. The last time Holy Cross won the regular season title was during the 2002-2003 season when the Crusaders went 24-8, won the PL Tournament, and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Seeding: Holy Cross received a 15 seed in the Philadelphia Region in this year's NCAA tournament. Holy Cross has been a 15 seed twice before, most recently in 2000. That year, #2 Rutgers defeated the Crusaders, 91-70 at Rutgers on March 17. Holy Cross was also a 15 seed in the 1996 Tournament when #2 Old Dominion downed the Crusaders, 83-56 to advance in the East region. The highest draw Holy Cross has ever received in the modern 64-team tournament was a 13 seed during the 2002-2003 campaign when they matched-up with fourth-seeded Penn State (24-8) at University Park, Pa. The Nittany Lions defeated HC, 64-33.
HC's Last Dance: Lisa Andrews scored a team-high 10 points, blocked four shots and grabbed three rebounds to lead the Crusaders in Holy Cross' 64-33 loss to fourth-seeded Penn State, March 22, 2003 in Pennsylvania. Katie O'Keefe (`03) added nine points and five rebounds and Maggie Fontana tallied six points, six rebounds and four steals for HC. Penn State took a 38-16 lead into the half and held the Crusaders to just 22.8% from the field for the game. Kelly Mazzante poured in a game-high 27 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Nittany Lions. Jessica Drungo added 12 points and eight rebounds and Tamisha Wright chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and four assists for PSU which shot 41.9% on the afternoon.
HC vs. The BIG TEN: Holy Cross has a 2-9 all-time record against Big Ten opponents, and is 2-8 vs. the Big Ten under Bill Gibbons. The Crusaders' most recent match-up with a Big Ten school was a 64-33 loss to Penn State in the 2003 NCAA Tournament at University Park, Pa. HC's only two wins over Big Ten opponents both came against Michigan (1985, 71-63; 2001, 62-58).
The Patriot League vs. the Big Ten: Sunday's Holy Cross/Ohio State match-up will be the first Patriot League/Big Ten tilt of the 2004-2005 campaign.
Last Time Out Against Ohio State: The last time Holy Cross and Ohio State met, the Buckeyes rolled to a 102-60 win to advance to the Second Round of the 1985 NCAA Tournament. Cheryl Aaron led the way for the Crusaders with a game-high 22 points and seven rebounds. Janet Hourihan added 12 points and seven rebounds for HC (21-7). Ohio State had six players reach double-figures. Yvette Angel had 18 points, Jodi Roth had 17, Tracey Hall recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Toni Roesch added 11 points and Liana Coutte and Rhonda Wintera both chipped in 10 points for the Buckeyes (27-2).
The Cross - The Championship: Holy Cross has a 30-5 all-time record in Patriot League Tournament play and is 10-2 all-time in PL championship games, including this year's title.
Bouncing Back: After last year's disappointing 13-15 mark, and the school's first losing season since joining Division I in 1982, the Holy Cross women's basketball team earned its 11th NCAA Tournament berth. Despite being knocked out of the first round of the Patriot League Tournament last season, the Crusaders were voted to win this year's conference crown. Last Wednesday's nine point win over Colgate in the championship game gave Holy Cross it's 10th all-time Patriot League tournament title and its sixteenth 20-win season under head coach Bill Gibbons.
Sixteen 20-win Seasons: With a 20-10 overall mark this year, Holy Cross recorded its sixteenth 20-win season under the direction of head coach Bill Gibbons. Here is a look at the success of Holy Cross over the past 20 years:
% MAAC Championship Title (1)
* Patriot League Regular Season Titles (11)
# Patriot League Championship Titles (9)
@ NCAA 1st Round (9)
$ NCAA 2nd Round (1)
^ WNIT 1st Round (1)
! Patriot League Coach of the Year (6)
RPI: Holy Cross' current RPI is 134 while its strength of schedule ranks 258, according to www.collegerpi.com.
BOTTOM LINE: Winners of 14 of its last 16 games, Holy Cross is on a three-game winning streak, and had rattled off 10 straight wins earlier this season. HC's 10 straight wins was its longest winning streak since the 2002-03 season (12), when the Crusaders received a 13-seed - its best ever - in the NCAA Tournament.
30 for 20: It took 30 games for this year's squad to reach the 20-win plateau, which is the seventh fastest game span for a Gibbons-coached HC team to accomplish that feat.
Twice As Nice: This is the sixth time in the 14-year history of the Patriot League that one school captured the regular season title in both men's and women's basketball. The last time the Purple and White won regular season titles in both men's and women's hoop was during the 2002-03 season, when the HC teams captured regular season titles with identical 13-1 marks. Holy Cross also ran the table in 2000-01 with the men recording a 10-2 mark and the women boasting an 11-1 record. Fordham also won two regular season titles in the same year when it was a member of the Patriot League. During the 1991-92 season, the Fordham men posted an 11-3 mark and the women finished 12-2. The Rams did it again during the 1993-94 campaign when the Rams captured the women's title outright, while the men's team tied with three other schools for a share of the league championship with a record of 9-5. In 1997-98, Navy tied for the league title on both the men's and women's side with 10-2 marks. The Navy women tied with Holy Cross, while the men tied with Lafayette.
A Winning Combination: This season, the Holy Cross men's and women's basketball teams combined for a 25-3 conference record, placing them in the company of other great HC squads.
Things You Should Know....
* Four of Holy Cross' 10 losses this season came against Top 25 opponents:
#2 Duke 101-42, January 4
#18 DePaul 92-49, January 2
#8 Connecticut 75-36, December 5
#21 Boston College 69-61, December 1
* Five other Holy Cross losses this year were by eight points or less, and three of those losses were by one point (72-71 to Bucknell, 66-65 to UAB, 61-60 to UMass).
2004-2005 HC EXTRAS:
* Won 11th Patriot League regular season title.
* Captured 10th Patriot League Tournament crown.
* Won 20 games for the 16th time in head coach Bill Gibbons' 20 seasons (there are 18 twenty-win seasons in the school's history).
* This is the program's 11th NCAA Appearance.
* The Crusaders received a vote in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll earlier this season.
* Maggie Fontana has 1,554 career points (sixth) and 762 career rebounds (t-fourth). She is one of only five players in HC women's basketball history to collect more than 1,500 points and 750 rebounds in their career.
* Head Coach Bill Gibbons earned his 400th career win on January 12 in a 70-53 win over Army. He is the winningest basketball coach (men's or women's) in the history of the school, and is the second-winningest coach overall in the history of Holy Cross, behind former baseball coach Jack Barry (616 wins, 1921-1960).
* Senior center Lisa Andrews scored her 1,000th career point on February 13 at Lehigh. She finished with a team-high 21 points that day, her second highest point total of the season (career high 25 at Colgate on January 15).
* Freshman guard Laura Aloisi was the only player to record more than 100 assists (118) this season. She dished out four or more assists in 15 of 27 games this season, making her the team's top playmaker this year. She has 38 more assists than the next closest player on the HC roster.
* The Crusaders have scored 70+ points in their last six games, marking the first time all season long that they have done that. In March, HC is averaging 75.0 ppg.
* HC committed a season-low 12 turnovers against Navy in the Patriot League semifinals on March 5.
* The Crusaders have a 10-1 record when they score 70+ points.
* The Crusaders are 15-2 when they record more free throw attempts than their opponents.
* The Crusaders are 12-4 when they are whistled for fewer fouls.
* Lisa Andrews has scored in double-figures in 20 of 30 games this season. After starting the season reaching double digits in two of her first eight games, the senior center has had 10 or more points in 18 of her last 22 contests.
* Maggie Fontana has scored 10 or more points in 16 of 29 games this season, including 12 of 17 Patriot League games, including postseason play.
Postseason Accolades: Four players from Holy Cross were recognized on this year's Patriot League All-Conference squad as announced by league officials last week. Seniors Lisa Andrews and Maggie Fontana earned First Team All-League accolades, while freshmen Laura Aloisi and Ashley McLaughlin were named to the All-Rookie Team. Holy Cross was the only school with four players selected. Andrews and Fontana were also named to the 2005 Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Andrews took home MVP honors.
Home Is Where the Hart Is: HC has an all-time record of 253-53 (.826) at the Hart Center, including its 12-3 mark at home this season. HC has posted a record of 50-15 (.765) at home over the course of the last four seasons, and was 10-0 this season when playing Patriot League opponents on the Hart Center floor.
Home Cookin': Holy Cross was 9-0 at home this year against Patriot League opponents, and is 16-1 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games played at the Hart Center.
Record Breakers: Maggie Fontana passed Katie O'Keefe (`03), Kathy Courtney (`97) and Cheryl Aaron (`87) last week to move into sixth place on the all-time Holy Cross scoring list. She also broke into the Top 10 on the all-time Patriot League scoring list. Fontana also tied Phyllis Townsend (`84) and Norinne Powers (`93) for fourth place on HC's all-time rebounding list after grabbing eight caroms in the PL championship game. In addition, Fontana passed Jeanette Paukert (`02) for seventh place on HC's all-time assists list (418), and needs just one assist to pass Anne Davis (`92) on the all-time PL assists list. Lisa Andrews passed Karen Juda (`96) on both the all-time Holy Cross and Patriot League blocked shot list. She is currently second with 197 career blocks.
This Time Out: As the 15th-seed in the Philadelphia Region, Holy Cross (20-10) will play second-seeded Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Maryland's Comcast Center in College, Park, Md. The Crusaders are on a four-game winning streak going into Sunday's noon-time match-up with the Buckeyes, but own just a 1-9 all-time record in NCAA tournament play. Ohio State (24-8) is coming off a heartbreaking 66-63 overtime loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 6. The Buckeyes enjoyed a 14-game winning streak this season before dropping a four point decision to Michigan State. OSU also had an eight-game winning streak going earlier in the year before a seven point loss to Penn State in December.
Last Time Out: Maggie Fontana scored 16 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line and fellow senior Lisa Andrews added 16 points and seven rebounds to lead top-seeded Holy Cross to its 10th all-time PL Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 79-70 win over Colgate on March 9.
The Crusaders went into the break with a 33-25 advantage after a back-and-forth first half that saw three ties and nine lead changes. Holy Cross' biggest lead of the half was 10 points (33-23) with less than a minute remaining. Bush scored seven points in the final five minutes to rally HC. Bush had nine points to lead the Crusaders in the first stanza.
Holy Cross turned the ball over 10 times in the first 20 minutes, but was able to hold Colgate to just 29.7 percent from the field. In the second, HC jumped out to a 16 point lead (57-41) after a Bush drive with 10:28 remaining, but the Raiders mounted a comeback and got within two (59-57) thanks to an Allison Lipinski trey with 7:06 left. With less than four minutes to go, the Raiders had tied the game twice, but two Fontana free throws put the Crusaders up four (70-66) with 2:10 remaining.
With 41.0 seconds left, Fontana drained two free throws to put HC up 74-70. Fontana then stole Colgate's inbounds pass after a timeout with less than 30 seconds to go, and nailed two more free throws, extending the Crusaders' lead to six (76-70).
Emily Braseth scored a game-high 21 points for Colgate, which finished its season, 12-18.
Next Time Out: The winner of today's first round contest will play the winner of the No. 7 Maryland and No. 10 UW-Green Bay game on Tuesday, March 22 in College Park, Md.
Scouting The Buckeyes: Ohio State finished the season with a 24-8 overall record and a 14-2 mark in conference play. This year's No. 2 seeding for OSU is the second highest in the program's history. The 1992-93 Final Four team was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes, who have made the tournament each of the last three seasons, reached NCAA postseason play for the 14th time in team history. Ohio State is 15-13 all-time in the NCAA tournament. Last season in the NCAA tournament, Ohio State, a No.6 seed, downed No. 11 West Virginia, 73-67, before suffering a 63-48 loss to No. 3 seed Boston College in the second round. The Buckeyes are led by 6-foot-4 sophomore center Jessica Davenport who leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounds (9.1 rpg) and blocks (109). She also shoots almost 80% from the charity stripe and hits better than 59% of her shots from the field. Five-foot-nine senior guard Caity Matter is second on the team in scoring with a 13.4 ppg average. She has 75 assists on the season and pulls down 2.9 rebounds each contest. Five-foot-nine sophomore guard Brandie Hoskins leads the Buckeyes in assists with 118 this season. Hoskins is also third on the squad in scoring at a 12.9 ppg clip. Hoskins also has 35 steals this season and grabs 2.9 boards per game.
Holy Cross in Patriot League Play: Holy Cross finished the regular season at the top of the Patriot League standings with a 12-2 conference mark. Twentieth-year head coach Bill Gibbons has compiled a 165-31 (.841) record in Patriot League play, including HC's 12 wins this year. Gibbons also has six Patriot League Coach of the Year awards and has led his teams to 11 regular season titles and 10 championship titles.
Strength In Numbers: As a team, the Crusaders finished the season ranked first in seven of 19 team categories among the Patriot League statistics. HC was tops in scoring margin, free throw percent, field goal percent, field goal percent defense, three-point percent defense, assists and steals. The Crusaders were also ranked second in scoring offense and turnover margin and third in scoring defense, blocked shots and assist-to-turnover ratio.
Unchartered Territory: The Crusaders' 72-71 loss to Bucknell on February 23 marked the first time all season long that Holy Cross outrebounded its opponent and lost. The Crusaders had been a perfect 8-0 in games when they grabbed more boards than their opponents, but despite pulling down two more rebounds than Bucknell (43-41), the Bison came out on top. The 72-71 loss also marked the first time this year that HC scored 70+ points and lost. The Crusaders had been 6-0 in games where they put up more than 70 points prior to last Wednesday's defeat.
Tough 'D': Holy Cross is 11-0 when holding its opponents to 60 points or less this season. The Crusaders have held seven opponents to 50 points or less thus far, including a three-game streak where the Purple and White held three consecutive opponents to 48 points. The Crusaders are also 16-2 when they force 20+ turnovers. HC In The National Statistics: According to the latest release (March 7), Holy Cross is ranked in the Top 20 nationally in assists per game with 16.9 (19th). Leading the nation in assists per game is DePaul (19.6), one of the Crusaders opponents earlier this year. HC is also ranked in the Top 50 in two other categories. The Purple and White are 29th in free throw percent (74.4%) behind national leader Idaho State (78.5) and are 34th in steals per game (11.0) behind national leader North Carolina at 14.0.
Finding Their Stride: The following is a month-by-month breakdown of the way the Crusaders have played this season: (month, record, ppg)
March: 3-0, 75.0
February: 5-2, 69.0
January: 7-2, 63.8
December: 2-4, 57.7
November: 3-2, 71.0
400 Club: Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons continues to move up the history charts, having picked up his 413th career win last Wednesday after a 79-70 win over #6 Colgate in the Patriot League championship game. Gibbons is the winningest basketball coach (men's or women's) in the history of Holy Cross. The 20th year coach is also currently ranked 37th among active Division I women's basketball coaches by number of victories.
Andrews, Keil Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America: Lisa Andrews and Brittany Keil were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Basketball District I Team (Feb.17). Andrews was selected to the First Team with a 3.64 gpa, while Keil represents Holy Cross on the Second Team with a 3.96 gpa. Holy Cross was the only school in District I with two players named to the Academic All-America squad. A total of ten players from District I were selected.
Fontana Sets New HC Mark: Maggie Fontana's consecutive free throw streak ended at 33 at Lafayette on February 11 when the 5-foot-11 guard/forward went 7-for-8 from the line on the night. Fontana fell one free throw shy of tying the all-time Patriot League record of 34 consecutive free throws. Fontana's 33 straight foul shots across a seven-game span, did however, set a new HC women's basketball record, crushing the previous record of 23 consecutive set by Beth Godfrey during the 1992-1993 season.
Fontana Takes Fourth Slot: With her eight rebounds in the PL championship game last week, Maggie Fontana moved into a fourth-place tie with Phyllis Townsend ('84) and Norinne Powers ('93) on Holy Cross' all-time rebounding list. The Illinois native currently has 762 rebounds and leads the team in rebounding with 5.6 per outing. Amy O'Brien ('99) occupies the third slot with 963 boards.
Hot Hands: Holy Cross is 3-0 when shooting 50% or better, and is 2-0 when it scores 80 or more points (vs. Colgate 80-74, vs. Iona 89-46). The Crusaders' best shooting performance of the year was 61.4% against Iona in November. HC also shot better than 54% against Colgate on February 19 and converted on 51.7% of its shots versus Army on January 12.
Getting To The Line: The Crusaders are tops among PL teams (all games and conference games) in team free throw percent, and boast an 14-2 record when they record more free throw attempts than their opponents. The Crusaders' 21 made free throws against Bucknell on February 23 tied a season high (Colgate, 2/19/05) for The Cross. HC's 87% (20-for-23) performance from the line against American (2/6/05) was its second best perfomance (93.8%; 15-for-16 vs. Boston College) this season.
Sharpshooters: Holy Cross ranked third among Patriot League teams in three-point shooting percent (all games 33.6%). Sophomore Brittany Keil finished the season ranked first (all games), shooting 42.3% (47 for 58) from behind the arc and junior Jessica Conte ranked fifth at 36.5% (31 for 85).
From the Charity Stripe: As a team, Holy Cross finished the season ranked first from the foul line, shooting a League-best 75.4% (conference games only) and 73.4% across all games. Maggie Fontana was second in the Patriot League at 85.9% (55-for-64) and leads the team with an 82.0% rate (100-for-122). Lisa Andrews ranked third in foul shooting in Patriot League games, shooting an impressive 81.8% (36-for-44). Brittany Keil is second on the team in free throws at 81.0% (47-for-58). Through 30 games, Crusader players have made good on 405 of 552 attempts.
Block Party: Lisa Andrews ranked second in blocked shots in overall games among PL players. She was also third in PL games in the same category. The 6-foot-4 center turned away a team-leading 51 shots this season. Andrews is averaging 1.70 blocks per game. She finished last season ranked 21st in the country with 2.5 blocks per outing.
Battle of the Boards: The Crusaders are 11-1 when outrebounding their opponents, and are 10-9 when their opponents win the battle of the boards. The Crusaders have been outrebounded in 19 of 30 games this season, including a streak of eight straight games earlier this season where HC opponents pulled down more boards. HC's 50 rebounds against Colgate in last week's conference championship game tied for season-high honors. The Crusaders also grabbed 50 caroms at American on January 23.
Andrews Joins HC Elite: On February 13 at Lehigh, Lisa Andrews became the 21st player in HC women's basketball history to score 1,000 career points. Going into the game, Andrews needed just two points to reach the 1,000 point plateau and scored her milestone basket on a jumper just 5:33 into the game. The 6-foot-3 center finished the contest with a game-high 21 points, and currently has 1,097 for her career.
Re-Writing The Record Books: On Sunday, January 30, Maggie Fontana converted 11-of-11 foul shots, breaking the Holy Cross women's basketball single-game record. The previous best was a 10-for-10 performance by Beth Godfrey vs. Indiana on January 3, 1993. Fontana's 11 free throws also marked a new Patriot League single-game high this season. Fontana then tied Godfrey's mark last week in the PL Tournament game, hitting 10-of-10 free throws on her way to 16 points and All-Tournament team honors.
Records to Watch: Maggie Fontana is moving up in a number of all-time Holy Cross statistics lists. Fontana is currently sixth in scoring with 1,554 points, ranked third in steals with 251, tied for fourth in rebounds (762) and ranked seventh in assists (418). Fontana is also steadily climbing the all-time Patriot League charts in a number of categories. She is currently tied for eighth in assists (418), ranked 11th in rebounds (762), and is 10th in points (1,554). Lisa Andrews is ranked second in both all-time Patriot League and all-time Holy Cross history with 197 career blocks.
Family Affair: Maggie Fontana is the fourth in a string of relatives to attend Holy Cross. Her father, John, graduated from The Cross in 1972 while Maggie's uncle, William, finished in 1974. Her paternal grandfather, John Fontana, a former football player, graduated in 1948.
2004-2005 Weekly Honors: Jessica Conte earned her first career Patriot League Player of the Week award (Feb. 21) after coming off the bench to pump in a team-high and a career-high 18 points against Colgate (Feb.19). Maggie Fontana earned her first Player of the Week award on January 31 after putting up 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds against Lafayette and Lehigh. Lisa Andrews has earned two Player of the Week awards (January 17, November 22) and Laura Aloisi was named Rookie of the Week (Nov. 29) after her performances in the Iona (six assists, three steals), UAB (career-high 14 points), and UMass games (career-high 11 assists).
Double Trouble: Seniors Maggie Fontana and Lisa Andrews are the only two HC players who have recorded double-doubles this season. Both Fontana and Andrews came up three double-doubles this season, each picking up double-doubles in Patriot League tournament play.
2004-2005 Holy Cross Double-Double Performances: (opponent, points, rebounds)
Andrews: Navy (3/5), 14, 13
American (1/23), 17, 13
Siena (12/9), 12, 10
Fontana: Lafayette (3/3), 17, 10
Bucknell (2/23), 18, 14
UAB (11/26), 10, 10
2004-2005 Captains: Seniors Caitlin Agostinacchio, Lisa Andrews, and Maggie Fontana are the 2004-2005 Holy Cross captains. Agostinacchio, a two-sport athlete for the Crusaders, had a stellar senior campaign in volleyball this season. A 5-foot-9 outside hitter, Agostinacchio recorded 396 kills, giving her 1,063 for her career, which is a school-best. She also tallied 250 digs (908 career). Andrews and Fontana were both First Team All-Patriot League selections this season, and earned All-Tournament team accolades this postseason. Both players are members of the 1,000 point club.