Women's Lacrosse Prepares For Patriot League Tournament
Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse
Overall: 6-10 (3-3 Patriot League) Last Week: 1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 16, American 11, Worcester, Mass., 4/24
Schedule: Friday, April 30 at Lehigh, Bethlehem, Pa., 7:00 p.m., Patriot League Tournament semifinals
Sunday, May 2, Bethlehem, Pa., 1:00 p.m., Patriot League Tournament championship game
- The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (6-10) is the No. 4 seed and will play at No. 1 seed Lehigh (13-3) in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals on Friday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m., at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa. This will be the first ever meeting in the Patriot League Tournament between these two teams. The winner will play in the finals on Sunday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m., against either No. 2 seed Navy (14-3) or No. 3 seed Colgate (9-7). This is the fourth time in the last six years that the Crusaders have made the Patriot League Tournament and the first since 2007. Holy Cross won the title in 2006 and 2007. Go here to view the 2010 Patriot League Championship website.
- The Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament games will be available through the Patriot League's All-Access package, which you can access by following this link: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=patr. The cost for the subscription is $7.95 per month, but if you currently have an All-Access subscription, you already have access to the games.
- This is Holy Cross' fifth ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001. The Crusaders previous appearances were in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Holy Cross is a perfect 4-0 in the semifinals and is 2-2 in the championship game as it has a 6-2 overall record. This is the first time the Crusaders are the No. 4 seed. Holy Cross made it to the inaugural title game in 2001 as the No. 3 seed as it defeated Villanova (11-7) and then fell to No. 1 seed Lafayette (4-2). In 2005 as the No. 2 seed, the Crusaders edged American (11-10) and then lost to No. 1 seed Colgate (11-4). As the No. 1 seed in 2006, the Crusaders defeated Bucknell (13-7) and then won their first ever Patriot League Tournament title by defeating Colgate (9-6). Holy Cross repeated as the No. 1 seed in 2007 defeating Colgate (9-6) and American (12-8) to earn its second straight title. Holy Cross has never met either Lehigh or Navy in the tournament, but it has a 2-1 record versus the Raiders.
- This season the Crusaders had Patriot League home victories over Bucknell (15-7), Lafayette (13-4) and American (16-11), while they lost road games at Colgate (14-13), Navy (10-4) and Lehigh (14-7). The Crusaders were strong at the new Holy Cross Field this season as they recorded a 5-2 record on the field. Holy Cross won its last four home games of the season.
- The Crusaders fell at Lehigh this season by a score of 14-7 on April 10. Megan Kelly recorded four goals and one assist for five points for the Mountain Hawks, while senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with three goals and two assists for five points. Navy defeated the Crusaders, 10-4, on March 27. Navy was led by Erin Rawlick and Danielle Vivonetto who each scored three goals, while Holy Cross had four different scorers. The Crusaders fell to Colgate on March 20 by a 14-13 score. With the game tied at 13-13, Colleen Bubnack scored the game-winner with 2:30 left in the second half. Gardner posted three goals and three assists for six points, while sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also had a strong performance with three goals and one assist for four points.
- Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week for her performance versus American. Martin's four Goalie of the Week selections this season ties the record set by Kristine Vida of American in 2008. Martin stopped 12 of 23 shots for a .522 save percentage in the victory over American as she has recorded double-digit saves in 11 of the 16 games this season. Martin's .503 save percentage leads the Patriot League and is 10th nationally, while her 172 saves are tied for second in the league and are tied for fifth in the nation. Her 10.98 goals against average is ranked third in the conference. Martin's 480 career saves are fourth all-time at Holy Cross and her 16 career wins are also fourth.
- Freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week as she recorded two goals and one assist for three points in the victory over American. She scored her second game-winning goal which is tied for the lead on the team this season. For the season, Carrellas has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points. She is third on the team with 18 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers, while she is tied for fifth with 16 ground balls. Her 14 caused turnovers are the most by a Holy Cross freshman since Nikki Bolduc had 15 in 2005.
- Gardner leads the team with 21 assists and 48 points, while her career-best 27 goals are second. Her 21 assists are tied for seventh all-time at Holy Cross for a single-season, while her 58 career assists are third all-time and her 133 points are seventh. Her 58 assists are the 23rd most nationally by current Division I players. Gardner also has 75 career goals. She has now recorded at least one point in 19 straight overall games and has posted 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points over the last six games. Her 21 assists are fourth in the Patriot League and tied for 42nd nationally. Gardner's 3.0 points per game are eighth in the conference.
- Sutton has scored at least one goal in 28 straight games which is the sixth longest streak in the nation. She recorded a career-best five goals and a career-best six points in the win over American to clinch a bid to the Patriot League Tournament. She went a perfect 4-4 on free-position shots. She also tied for the team lead with four ground balls. This season she leads the team with a career-best 35 goals and is second with a career-best 41 points. Her 2.19 goals per game are seventh in the Patriot League. For her career she has 55 goals and 10 assists for 65 points.
- Senior MaryKate Finnegan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) has 42 career caused turnovers which are tied for third all-time at Holy Cross. Her 16 caused turnovers this season are second on the team.
- Senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) has 108 career points with 85 goals and 23 assists, while her 76 career draw controls are sixth all-time at Holy Cross. This season her 17 goals, seven assists and 24 points are all fourth on the team.
- Junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) has 19 caused turnovers this season which are tied for sixth all-time at Holy Cross for a single-season, while her 42 career caused turnovers are tied for third. O'Leary leads the team with a career-best 31 ground balls and a career-best 19 caused turnovers. Her 1.19 caused turnovers per game are tied for fifth in the Patriot League. This season her nine assists are third on the team and her 21 points are fifth. She has 57 goals and 29 assists for 86 career points.
- Junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) now has 102 career draw controls which are fourth all-time at Holy Cross. This season she leads the team with 28 draw controls.