Crusaders To Start Season At Home Versus UMass On Feb. 16

Katelyn Gettens

Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse 
Overall: 0-0 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 0-0
Schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 16 vs. UMass, Worcester, Mass., 3:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team will kick off the season on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when it plays UMass at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass. This is the season-opener for both teams. To follow the action and to read facts about each team, please go to the live blog at game time right here on Follow the game here.
  • This is the 10th straight year that the Crusaders have opened their season versus the Minutewomen. Holy Cross is 3-6 in the previous nine games between these two teams and is 3-11 all-time against UMass. Holy Cross is 3-2 versus the Minutewomen in the last five games with wins in the 2009, 2007 and 2006 seasons.
  • The Minutewomen have won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title two years in a row as they are picked to win their third straight title in the league's preseason poll. Last year was the third title for the Minutewomen as they won their first in the 2000 season when Holy Cross coach Stephanie Ridolfi led UMass to its first lacrosse title as a senior, and was the team's leading scorer en route to earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors. Last season the Minutewomen went 10-10 overall and lost to Stanford in the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game. UMass returns 10 of 12 starters.
  • Last season, the Crusaders fell at UMass, 15-6, at McGuirk Stadium in the season opener. Jesse O'Donnell scored five goals for the Minutewomen.
  • Holy Cross returns 19 letterwinners, including eight out of 12 starters, as it will be looking to win its third Patriot League championship in the last six years. The Crusaders also have nine freshmen. Last season the Crusaders went 6-11 and 3-3 in the Patriot League as they qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season when they won the title for the second straight year. Holy Cross fell at top-seeded Lehigh by a 9-8 score in the semifinals.
  • Senior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) was named the 2011 Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Last year, Martin was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Year. She ranked fifth nationally for saves with 181 and fourth nationally for saves per game with 10.65. The Crusaders were also picked fifth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.
  • After the UMass game the Crusaders will play New Hampshire in Worcester on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 4:00 p.m. Last season, Holy Cross lost at UNH by a 10-4 score.
  • This season the Crusaders will play eight home games. Holy Cross will also play seven road games and two neutral site contests.