February 14, 2012

Crusaders To Open Season At UMass & At Home Versus #13 BC

Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse                                   
Overall: 0-0 (0-0 Patriot League) Last Week: 0-0
Schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 15, at UMass, Amherst, Mass., 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17, vs. #13 Boston College, Worcester, Mass., 4:00 p.m.

  • The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team will kick off the season on Wednesday, Feb. 15, when it plays UMass at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, Mass., at 3:30 p.m. This is the season-opener for both teams. The Crusaders will then play their home-opener versus No. 13 Boston College on Friday, Feb. 17, at 4:00 p.m. This will be the season-opener for the Eagles.
  • This is the 11th straight year that the Crusaders have opened their season versus the Minutewomen. Holy Cross is 3-7 in the previous 10 games between these two teams. Holy Cross is 3-3 versus the Minutewomen in the last six games with wins in the 2009, 2007 and 2006 seasons. The Minutewomen have won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title three years in a row. Last year was the fourth 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 17-3 overall (7-0 Atlantic 10) and lost to Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game versus Canisius. Last season, the Crusaders lost to UMass, 12-10 in overtime, at Hart Turf Field in the season-opener. Junior Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) and sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) each scored three goals for the Crusaders, but Jackie Lyons netted the game-winner for the Minutewomen in overtime.
  • Boston College, who made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance last season, is ranked No. 13 in the IWLCA preseason poll. Last season, the Eagles went 12-7 and fell to eventual national champion Northwestern by an 8-5 score in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles return eight starters and 19 players. Last season, the Crusaders fell to No. 16 Boston College, 12-7, in Clermont, Fla. The Crusaders are 1-4 versus the Eagles in the last five contests with a win in 2007.
  • Holy Cross returns 18 letterwinners and adds six players. The Crusaders will be looking to win their third Patriot League championship. Last season the Crusaders went 6-11 and 3-3 in the Patriot League as they just missed qualifying for the tournament losing the tiebreaker to American.
  • This season the Crusaders will play eight home games. Holy Cross will also play nine road games.