April 9, 2012

Two Crusaders Earn Patriot League Weekly Honors

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) has been named the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) has been named Rookie of the Week for their performances in a 20-5 victory over Bucknell. Hennessey led the team with seven goals, while she also posted two ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover in the game. Ryan scored a season-high six goals, added three ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. This is Hennessey's first Offensive Player of the Week award after being named Midfield Player of the Week earlier in the year, becoming the first student-athlete this season to receive both awards. This is Ryan's first Patriot League weekly award.

Hennessey's seven goals were the most for a Holy Cross player since Katie Britt also scored seven against Vermont on April 23, 2002. Hennessey also earned her fourth hat-trick of the season and the sixth of her career while helping lead Holy Cross to its highest single-game goal total since 1999.

Ryan's six goals included her second game-winner of the season, as she also led the team with four draw controls, giving her 47 for the season. She now ranks second on the school's all-time list in draw controls after assistant coach Patricia Sutton, who had 72 in 2006. Ryan has posted four straight hat-tricks, as she has scored 19 goals in the last four games.

This season, Hennessey has a career-best 30 goals and 31 points. She also leads the team with 14 caused turnovers. For her career, Hennessey has 45 goals and two assists for 47 points in 29 games.

Ryan is tied for first on the team with 36 points, and leads the team with 31 goals, which are the most for a Crusader freshman since the 2007 season when Megan Fenton posted 38 goals and 45 points. She is also tied for second on the team with 11 caused turnovers and tied for third with five assists.

The Crusaders (6-6 overall, 2-2 Patriot League) return to action on Wednesday, April 11, when they travel to Cambridge, Mass. to play Harvard (5-6 overall, 2-2 Ivy League) at Harvard Stadium at 7:00 p.m.