November 14, 2005

Cook, Welch Named NFHCA Division I All-Northeast

Nov. 14, 2005

Worcester, Mass. - Holy Cross senior forward Jenna Cook (Walpole, Mass.) was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-Northeast Region First Team and junior forward Tara Welch (New Boston, N.H.) was named to the NFHCA All-Northeast Region Second Team, as announced by the national executive director this morning. This is Cook's second all-region award, while Welch is being recognized for the first time in her career.

Cook closed out her career as the all-time points (113) and all-time assists (29) leader in Holy Cross field hockey history. Her 113 career points also stand as third-best in League history. The three-time All-Patriot League selection is also ranked second in program history (tied for fifth in League history) in career goals with 42.

In addition, Cook's 15 assists this season led the team and the league and stand as her career high for assists in a single season. Her 37 points also mark the third straight season that she has totaled at least 30 points and rank seventh-best for points in a single season in Holy Cross history.

A Second Team All-Region selection last season, Cook had 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). She finished the year tied for fourth nationally in assists, seventh in assists per game, tied for 16th in points, and tied for 17th in points per game. Her highest ranks during the regular season were fourth in assists and assists per game, sixth in points per game, and seventh in points.

Welch set a new Holy Cross program record for points in a single season this year. After tallying five points between the semifinal and championship games last weekend, she finished the season with 46 total points, passing current Holy Cross assistant coach Ali (Roberts) Hawk's mark of 42 points during the 1998 season. Welch also tied a Holy Cross single-season record in goals (19 goals) this year.

The two-time All-League selection led the Patriot League this season in both goals (19 goals) and total points (46). She also led the team with four game-winning goals and finished third on the team with eight assists. She finished the season ranked in the Top 10 nationally in four different categories (goals, goals per game, points, points per game). She finished the year tied for fifth in goals per game, tied for sixth in goals and eighth in points and points per game.

Welch's 40 career goals put her in a fifth place tie in school history and an eighth place tie on the all-time Patriot League chart. She currently ranks sixth in program history with 94 career points.

Holy Cross finished the 2005 campaign with a 10-10 overall mark and a 3-2 record in Patriot League play. The Crusaders were defeated by seventh-ranked American, 4-2, in the championship game of the Patriot League tournament.