WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) has been named the 2010 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Goalie of the Year and earned first team All-Patriot League accolades. Junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) also earned first team honors, while senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.), senior MaryKate Finnegan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) were selected to the second team.
This is the first time that Martin has earned either honor as she is the second Crusader to be named Patriot League Goalie of the Year as Megan Orr earned the honor in 2005, 2006 and 2007. 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 as she has recorded double-digit saves in 11 of the 16 games this season. Martin was named Patriot League Goalie of the Week four times this season which ties the record set by Kristine Vida of American in 2008. Martin's 480 career saves are fourth all-time at Holy Cross and her 16 career wins are also fourth.
This is the second straight season that O'Leary has earned All-League honors as she made the second team in 2009. O'Leary leads the team with a career-best 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. Her 1.19 caused turnovers per game are tied for fifth in the Patriot League. O'Leary also leads the team with a career-best 31 ground balls. 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. O'Leary is also a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Gardner earns this honor for the first time in her career as she 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 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. 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. Gardner is also a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Finnegan, who is a two-time team captain, was also selected for the first time in her career. She has played 51 career games with 48 straight starts. Her 42 career caused turnovers are tied for third all-time at Holy Cross, while her 16 caused turnovers this season are second on the team and her 20 ground balls are third. For her career she has 66 ground balls and 16 draw controls. She is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Roll.
Sutton, who earns this honor for the first time, has scored at least one goal in 28 straight games which is the sixth longest streak in the nation. 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. 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. For her career she has 55 goals and 10 assists for 65 points.
The Crusaders (6-10) 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. 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.