November 13, 2006

Galligan Reaches Milestone 200th Win at Holy Cross

Nov. 5, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross field hockey head coach, Meg Galligan won her 200th win in her 22nd season at Holy Cross when the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 5-2, in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal game Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Galligan began her career at Holy Cross in 1985 and turned a Division III program into a respectable Division I program.

"Reaching this milestone caused me to reflect back on my 22 years here at Holy Cross," Galligan said. "My early years focused on transforming a Division III program into a competitive Division I level, and the fact that my current program is now known for having a history of consistent success, makes me proud."

Coming into the 2006 season, Galligan had an overall record of 186-204-10. She is now 200-210-10 since becoming the head coach at Holy Cross 22 years ago and is the winningest coach in the history of the school's field hockey program. She has been selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year three times (1992, 1997 and 2000) and guided her team to seven appearances in the Patriot League Championship game in the past 10 years. In that time she captured three Patriot League Championships and two regular season titles.

Under Galligan the Crusaders had a record breaking 2006 season winning the most games since 2000 and creating a new all-time record of 10 consecutive wins. She posts a 56-32 cumulative record against Patriot League competition over the last 16 seasons as the team finished 4-1 in the conference this year.

"The Holy Cross players that I have coached during these 22 years have been dedicated, hard-working individuals, and a pleasure to work with," Galligan said. "They have been the driving force to my longevity at Holy Cross."

Galligan has an overall career record of 228-227-12 in her 25 years of coaching including time at Babson College and Georgetown University.

Galligan will be recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) at the NFHCA Coaches Convention luncheon Friday, January 5.