WORCESTER, Mass. – Before its game against Lehigh on Saturday, April 16 at Holy Cross Field at 1:00 p.m., the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team will wear special t-shirts during warm-ups to honor Stephanie Crispinelli. Crispinelli, who was a sophomore at Lynn University, died in the earthquake in Haiti while on a humanitarian mission. This is the second straight year that the women's lacrosse program has honored Crispinelli as last year they also held a Stephanie's Mission game versus American on April 24, 2010.
The Crusaders are also wearing the t-shirts to support 2007 Holy Cross graduate and former women's lacrosse player Jenna Constantino who was one of Stephanie's best friends. Jenna's parents grew up with Stephanie's parents (Lenny and Lin) and they have remained best friends. Stephanie was like Jenna's little sister. The Crispinelli family is also a supporter of the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team as they hosted the team for dinner at their house in Katonah, N.Y., on the way to Lehigh in 2006 and Lafayette in 2007. Since they had satellite TV, the team was able to watch the Holy Cross men's hockey team defeat Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament in the Crispinelli's living room.
"The point of the t-shirts is to inspire people to continue her mission of helping the poor," said Constantino. "Though she didn't go to Holy Cross, she definitely embodied our motto of 'men and women for others.'"
The front of the t-shirts say "Failure is Not an Option," because Stephanie gave her brothers bracelets with this message before she left for Haiti and they are the words she lived by. To support Stephanie's Mission and to donate to the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund go to http://stephaniesmission.org/. The Crusaders will be accepting donations at the game.
This game will also be Senior Day as there are nine seniors on the team. The Crusaders (5-10 overall, 2-2 Patriot League) need to defeat Lehigh (8-6 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) to stay in contention to qualify for the Patriot League Tournament.