May 18, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head field hockey coach Meg Galligan and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., announced the team's Fall schedule this week. The 2006 Crusaders are set to host nine home contests and will play two schools which advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
"Our philosophy is to play a strong schedule - packed with teams that are historically ranked high in the region and a batch with nationally ranked honors," said Galligan. "Strong competition will help make us a better team, and a schedule of this nature will challenge us to reach our goals."
The Crusaders will open the season with four consecutive home games, beginning with the 7:00 p.m. season-opener against Quinnipiac on August 29. Holy Cross will then welcome Albany on Sept. 2, Boston College on Sept. 3 and Providence on Sept. 6. The team will travel to backyard rivals Northeastern (Sept. 10) and Harvard (Sept. 17) with a home contest against Siena (Sept. 16) in between.
Holy Cross will host New Hampshire on Sept. 21 and make the trip to Fairfield (Sept. 24), before Patriot League play begins on Sept. 30 with a home game against Lafayette.
The first four games in October will be played away from College Hill, as the Crusaders will travel to Yale (Oct. 1), Colgate (Oct. 7), Dartmouth (Oct. 9) and Lehigh (Oct. 14). Holy Cross is in Worcester again for its final home contests of the season when it hosts Bucknell (Oct. 21) and Brown (Oct. 25), before heading to Washington, D.C., for games with defending Patriot League champion, American (Oct. 28) and Georgetown (Oct. 29) to close out the regular season.
The 2006 Patriot League Tournament is slated for November 3-5 on the campus of the field's highest seed. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
The Crusaders, who finished as the 2005 Patriot League Tournament runners-up after a 10-10 (3-2 Patriot League) campaign, will return eight starters, including three All-Patriot League selections (Tara Welch, Laura Cohen, Susie Whelan).