Crusaders To Play At Home Versus BC; Hit The Road To Take On Colgate

Katie Riddle

Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse
Overall: 2-4 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 12, Vermont 10, Worcester, Mass., 3/13
Wednesday, March 17, vs. Boston College, Worcester, Mass., 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20, at Colgate, Hamilton, N.Y., 12:00 p.m.

  • The Crusaders will return to action when they play Boston College (5-0, 1-0 ACC) on Wednesday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m., at the new Holy Cross Field, while they will then travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on two-time defending Patriot League champion Colgate (2-4, 1-0 Patriot League) at Tyler’s Field. This will be the first Patriot League contest for the Crusaders as they are the only team that has not played a league game this season. The match up with the Raiders features the two programs that have won the last six Patriot League Tournament titles. Colgate has won four of the last six (2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009), while Holy Cross has won two titles (2006 & 2007). The Raiders also won the championship in 1999. The Crusaders, who have won two of their last three games, are coming off a 12-10 win against Vermont in the home opener at the new Holy Cross Field.
  • The undefeated Eagles have wins over Bryant (20-4), Canisius (14-5), Jacksonville (18-6), Siena (20-5) and ACC opponent Virginia Tech (14-9). Last season Boston College went 9-9. Holy Cross fell to Boston College last season by a 15-7 score. Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist for three points, while sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored two goals. The Crusaders have lost two straight to the Eagles, but defeated them by an 18-11 score in the 2007 season.
  • Colgate defeated Stony Brook (10-9), and then lost to No. 6 Syracuse (17-5), No. 14 Penn State (17-7), Cornell (10-9) and No. 19 New Hampshire (16-11), before defeating Patriot League opponent American (11-9). The Raiders play George Mason on March 16. Last season the Crusaders lost to Colgate, 19-9, as Gardner recorded two goals and two assists, while senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) had three points with one goal and two assists. The Crusaders are 4-4 versus the Raiders in the last eight games. In 2005, the Raiders defeated the Crusaders in the Patriot League Tournament championship game, while in 2006, Holy Cross defeated Colgate to earn the title. 
  • Sutton has scored at least one goal in 18 straight games. In the 3-2 win over Vermont she recorded three goals and a career-best two assists for a career-best five points. This season she leads the team with 13 goals and 15 points. Her 2.17 goals per game are seventh in the Patriot League. For her career she has 33 goals and six assists for 39 points.
  • Junior Meg O’Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) posted three goals and one assist for four points in the victory versus Vermont. She now has 51 career goals. She leads the team with 12 ground balls and has 59 for her career.
  • Freshman Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) was named the Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for recording five points in Holy Cross’ 12-10 victory over Vermont. This is the first time that she has earned this honor. In the win over Vermont in the Crusaders’ first game at the new Holy Cross Field, Zebrowski had a season-best performance with three goals and two assists for five points, including netting her first collegiate game-winner. She has recorded at least one point in five of the first six games of the season. Her six goals are tied for second on the team, her four assists are second and her 10 points are third.
  • Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 15 saves and allowed 10 goals for a .600 save percentage in the 12-10 victory over Vermont. Her 11.17 saves per game are tied for first in the Patriot League and her .508 save percentage is third. Her 375 career saves are fifth all-time at Holy Cross. 
  • Gardner, who scored three goals against Vermont, has recorded at least one point in nine straight overall games. Her six assists this season lead the team and her 12 points are second, while her 1.00 assists per game are tied for sixth in the Patriot League. For her career she has 54 goals and 43 assists for 97 career points.