Nov. 1, 2006
Center Valley, Pa. - Seven Holy Cross student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Field Hockey All-League teams, as announced by conference officials this afternoon. Senior forward Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.), senior defender Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.), junior forward Sara O'Coin (Worcester, Mass.) and sophomore goalkeeper Erin Singleton (Amesbury, Mass.) were named to the All-League First Team. Senior midfielder Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.), junior defender/midfielder Lauren Coletta (Medon, Mass.) and junior defender Eli Skovron (Exeter, N.H.) were named to the Second Team.
Welch played in every game this season and broke two Holy Cross school records and ranks second in the Patriot League with 56 career goals and 130 career points. Welch also ranks in the top two in six Patriot League categories; shots (18), shots per game (3.89), points (36), points per game (1.94), goals (16) and goals per game (0.89). Nationally Welch is tied 16th with 0.89 goals per game and tied 25th with 1.94 points per game. She was named to the First Team All-Patriot League last year and Second Team as a sophomore.
Whelan was a key component of Holy Cross' defense boasting a 1.40 goals against average. She ranks in the top five at Holy Cross and sixth in the Patriot League with 19 career assists. Whelan is also ranked second nationally with three penalty strokes. She was named to the Second Team All-Patriot League last year.
O'Coin is ranked in the top three in six Patriot League categories, points (33), points per game (1.83), goals (12), goals per game (0.67), assists (9) and assists per game (0.62). At Holy Cross she is in the top five for assists in a season with nine and is tied second in the Patriot League. Nationally, O'Coin Ranks 29th with 1.83 points per game. This is O'Coin's first league award.
Singleton leads the Patriot League with five shutouts and a 1.40 goals against average ranking 17th nationally. Singleton led Holy Cross to 10 consecutive wins, the most in Holy Cross' program history. She was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.
Cohen is tied eighth in the Patriot League with five assists. She scored a school second all-time high three goals in a game tallying a fourth all-time high six points in the game against Siena (Sept. 16). Cohen was named to the First Team All-Patriot League team as a junior.
Coletta and Skovron grab their first league award. Coletta played in and started all 18 games this season and played a major part in the back field limiting opponents to just 175 shots and 25 goals. She also recorded one assist for the Crusaders. Skovron also played in and started all 18 games this year and is fifth on the team with 11 points, four goals and three assists.
The Crusaders ended regular season play 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League. They are seeded second in the conference and will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Lafayette, seeded third, in the Patriot League Tournament Saturday at 1:30 p.m.