Holy Cross Field Hockey Places Five On All-League Teams

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Nov. 2, 2005

Center Valley, Pa. - Five Holy Cross student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Field Hockey All-League teams, as announced by conference officials this afternoon. Senior tri-captain Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.), junior forward Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.), and junior midfielder Laura Cohen (Summit, N.J.), were named to the All-League First Team. Senior tri-captain Sony Kuhn (Cincinnati, Ohio), and junior back Susie Whelan (Acton, Mass.) were named to the Second Team.

A three-time All-League First Team selection, Cook has been recognized on the national scene for much of the season. She has been ranked in the Top 10 nationally in six different categories this season (goals, goals per game, points, points per game, assists and assists per game). Her highest ranks have been fourth in assists and assists per game, sixth in points per game, and seventh in points. She is currently tied for fifth nationally in assists (15 assists) and is ranked sixth in assists per game. She is also ranked 16th nationally in points per game and is 17th in total points (35 points).

Cook's 15 assists this season lead the team and the league and stand as her career high for assists in a single season. Her 35 points also mark the third straight season that she has totaled at least 30 points. In addition, she has set new program records with 111 career points and 29 career assists, and she is currently tied for second in Holy Cross history with 41 career goals.

A regional All-America selection last season, Cook is also ranked in the Top 10 on a number of all-time Patriot League lists. Her 111 career points are third-best in league history, and her 29 career assists rank fifth in all-time conference history. She is also tied for sixth on the all-time career goals list with 41.

Welch, who is the reigning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, is a two-time All-League selection, after earning Second Team honors a year ago. The New Hampshire native has had a stellar year on the offensive side of the ball, registering 17 goals, including four game-winners, as well as seven assists. She leads the team and the league in total points (41 points) and goals (17), and finished the regular season ranked in the Top 10 nationally in four different categories (goals, goals per game, points, points per game).

Welch currently ranks second in school history in single-season points with 41, just one point behind current assistant coach and former standout Ali Roberts Hawk (42 points in 1998). Her 17 goals this season put her in a fourth-place tie for a single-season high in school history and her 38 career goals rank her sixth in school history and put her in a tie for the tenth spot on the all-time Patriot League chart. In addition, she is currently tied for sixth in program history with 89 career points.

Cohen earned her way on to the All-League First Team for the first time in her career after developing into a significant scoring threat this season, recording 12 goals and five assists for 29 total points. She is ranked second on the team in goals (12), third on the team in points (29), and fifth on the team in assists. She is also tied for second on the Holy Cross squad in game-winning goals (two game-winners).

This season, she has been recognized as the Division I ECAC Player of the Week (Oct. 12) and the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 10). In addition, Cohen has been named to the www.womensfieldhockey.com Division I honor roll.

Cohen finished the season tied for third in the Patriot League standings in goals and is sixth in points. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that she scored just two goals and had two assists (six total points) in her first two seasons in a Holy Cross uniform. This season alone, however, she has scored more than five times as many goals and recorded more than five times as many points than her first two seasons combined.

Whelan was also named to the All-League Team for the first time in her career, after becoming one of the team's top playmakers this season. From the defensive end of the field, Whelan managed to record 13 assists which rank third-best in Holy Cross school history for assists in a single-season. She currently ranks second on the team in assists, behind Cook's 15 helpers, and finished the season tied for second in the Patriot League in the same category.

Whelan is ranked ninth nationally in assists per game and is tied for ninth nationally in total assists. And in addition to her offensive statistics, she led the team in both interceptions and tackles this season, making her a threat on both sides of the ball.

Kuhn was voted to the All-League Second Team for the second straight season after posting eight wins, including a shutout. She posted a .740 save percentage this season and has totaled 244 career saves. Her nine career shutouts rank her fifth in program history. Last season, Kuhn finished the year ranked nationally in saves and save percentage. She also led the league in shutouts and shutouts per game. She is a three-time National Academic Squad and Patriot League Honor Roll selection, and has earned CoSIDA Academic All-District I At Large Team honors.

Holy Cross finished the regular season with a 9-9 overall record and for the second consecutive season, took third place in the Patriot League with a 3-2 conference record.

The third-seeded Crusaders will face second-seeded Bucknell in the first round of the Patriot League tournament on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. Game time is slated for 1:30 p.m. Earlier this season, Bucknell defeated Holy Cross, 3-2 in overtime. The winner of the Holy Cross vs. Bucknell game will face the winner of the American vs. Lehigh game on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon.