WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) has been named the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Preseason Defensive Player of the Year as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. The Crusaders were also picked fifth in the conference's preseason poll.
Martin, who is a captain, enters the season fourth all-time at Holy Cross with 489 career saves, fourth with 16 career wins, sixth with a .461 career save percentage and seventh with a 12.18 goals against average. She also enters the season fourth in the nation by current players in career minutes played with 2813:19 and is fourth in career saves. Last season, she was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Year and earned first team All-Patriot League accolades, while she was also selected to the All-Patriot League Tournament team. Martin tied the all-time record as she was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week four times. She recorded a career-best 181 saves on the season which were second in the Patriot League as she ranked fifth nationally for saves and fourth nationally for saves per game with 10.65. Martin recorded double-digit saves in 11 of the 17 games as she led the Patriot League with a career-best .503 save percentage and was ninth nationally. She was also third in the league with a 10.86 goals against average.
Navy was picked to finish first as it earned nine first-place votes and 69 total points. Lehigh was second with 63 total points and four first-place votes, while Colgate was third with 53 points and one first-place vote. American was picked to finish fourth (37 total points), followed by Holy Cross (36 total points), Lafayette (23 total points) and Bucknell (13 total points). Lehigh's Lauren Dykstra was named the league's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
The Crusaders kick off the 2011 season when they play a home game versus UMass on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m. Holy Cross returns 19 letterwinners including eight of 12 starters as the Crusaders will be looking to win its third Patriot League championship. Last season the Crusaders went 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League as they qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season. Holy Cross lost at top-seeded Lehigh by a 9-8 score in the semifinals.
2011 Patriot League Preseason Poll and Award Winners
1. Navy 69 (9 first-place votes)
2. Lehigh 63 (4)
3. Colgate 53 (1)
4. American 37
5. Holy Cross 36
6. Lafayette 23
7. Bucknell 13
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Amy Martin, Holy Cross