May 1, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head field hockey coach Meg Galligan has announced the 2007 incoming class for the Crusaders. Brittany Gildea (Warren, N.J.), Kara Gonnerman (St. Louis, Mo.), Breezy Rush (Denville, N.J.) and Alanna Sikorski (Glen Gardner, N.J.) will join the field hockey program in the fall.
"I'm very excited about the incoming class," said Galligan. "All four of the players come from championship winning teams including two all-state players. They are very talented and I am confident that they will help to continue the winning attitude and tradition of our program."
Gildea played at The Pingery School where she was a three-year varsity starter. She was a co-captain her senior year and helped lead the team to a Conference Title with an undefeated record while she tied the school's all-time leading goal scorer. The team won the sectionals her junior year and the state championship her sophomore year. Gildea was named to the All-Area, All- Somerset County and All-Star Coaches Association first teams in 2006.
Gonnerman was a tri-captain at Cor Jesu Academy where she has been a starter the past three years. Her team won the state championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Gonnerman was named the Player of the Year in 2006 and in 2005 she played in the Junior Olympics and in the National Futures Tournament. She was named to the West All-Region team in 2006 and was selected to the first team All-Metro team in 2005 and 2006.
Rush was named to the first team All-Morris County, first team All-Iron Hills Conference, first team North Jersey All-Star Group IV, Star-Ledger All-Morris first team, and Star-Ledger All Group 4 first team at the completion of her senior season at Morris Knolls. In 2006 her team won the Conference Championship, was the National Festival Pool Champions and participated in the Garden State Games.
Sikorski was a three-year varsity player at Voorhees High School. In her senior season she was named the team MVP, the Hunterdon/Warren Scholar Athlete of the Year and the All-West Player of the Year for Star-Ledger. Sikorski was selected to the All-Area first team, All-West first team, All-Conference first team, North Jersey Coaches Association first team, All Group 3 first team, All-State second team, and North Jersey Senior All-Star team. In her senior year, she was a captain that helped lead her `Team of the Year' to win the Sectional and Regional Championships and Group III State Finalist.
"Each one of these young players will add depth to every area of the field," Galligan said. "They are all capable of impacting our team early in their careers."
The Crusaders will return seven starters from last years squad that finished the 2006 season 14-6 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League.