Women's Lacrosse To Take On Colgate In Patriot League Semifinals
HC TO PLAY COLGATE IN PL SEMIFINALS: The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (9-7 overall, 4-2 PL) is the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament in Annapolis, Md., and will take on No. 2 seed Colgate (6-10 overall, 4-2 PL) in the semifinals on Friday, April 27 at 7:45 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. No. 1 seed Navy (15-2 overall, 6-0 PL) will play No. 4 seed American (7-9 overall, 3-3 PL) at 5:00 p.m. in the first semifinal. This is the second time in the last three seasons that the Crusaders have qualified for the tournament. The finals will be on Sunday, April 29, in Annapolis at noon. The Crusaders have won eight of their last 11 games, including three in a row. The Raiders have also won three straight and five of their last seven. This season, Holy Cross fell to Colgate by a 12-11 score in Hamilton, N.Y. Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) scored five goals, but the Raiders netted the last six goals of the game for the victory. The Crusaders are 7-19 all-time versus the Raiders, but are 2-1 versus Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament. The tournament will be streamed live on Patriot League All-Access. Also go here to view the Patriot League Tournament website.
CRUSADERS WITH THE MOST WINS SINCE 2007: The Crusaders' nine overall wins are their most since going 13-6 in 2007. Also their four Patriot League victories are their most since going 5-0 in 2007.
HC LOOKING FOR THIRD PL TITLE: This is Holy Cross' sixth ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001. The Crusaders' previous appearances were in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Holy Cross is 4-1 in the semifinals and is 2-2 in the championship game as it has a 6-3 overall record. This is the second time the Crusaders are the No. 3 seed. Holy Cross made it to the inaugural title game in 2001 as the No. 3 seed as it defeated Villanova (11-7) and then fell to No. 1 seed Lafayette (4-2). In 2005 as the No. 2 seed, the Crusaders edged American (11-10) and then lost to No. 1 seed Colgate (11-4). As the No. 1 seed in 2006, the Crusaders defeated Bucknell (13-7) and then won their first ever Patriot League Tournament title by defeating Colgate (9-6). Holy Cross repeated as the No. 1 seed in 2007 defeating Colgate (9-6) and American (12-8) to earn its second straight title. As the No. 4 seed in 2010, the Crusaders fell at Lehigh by a 9-8 score. Holy Cross has never played Navy in the tournament, but has a 2-1 record versus Colgate and a 2-0 record versus American.
OUTSTANDING DEFENSE: The Crusaders' 10.94 goals against average is the second best in the Patriot League. Also the Crusaders' 7.12 caused turnovers per game and 15.38 ground balls per game rank fourth. In its last five games, Holy Cross has only allowed 7.4 goals per game with a 4-1 record in those contests.
FURMAN NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior captain Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) was named the 2012 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-Patriot League honors. Furman, who also earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2011, is the first Crusader to ever be named the Defensive Player of the Year. The award was started in 1995. This season she has started in all 16 games and is the leader of a defense that has the second best overall goals against average in the Patriot League with a 10.94 average. She is tied for third on the team with 14 caused turnovers, while she also has 16 ground balls, six draw controls, one goal, one assist and two points. Furman's 42 career caused turnovers are tied for fifth all-time in school history. She has played in 65 career games with 69 ground balls, 40 draw controls, five goals, two assists and seven points. Furman has been a strong leader as she is a team captain and a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
ZEBROWSKI LEADS TEAM WITH 44 POINTS: Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.), who earned second team All-Patriot League accolades, leads the team with a career-best 44 points, while she is second with 10 assists and third with a career-best 34 goals. She is also tied for third on the team with 15 draw controls. Her 3.14 points per game are eighth in the Patriot League and her 2.43 goals per game are ninth. Zebrowski has tallied at least one point in 21 straight games and has scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive contests. Zebrowski has 79 goals and 29 assists for 108 career points. She is the 18th player in program history to post 100 career points.
CARRELLAS LEADS TEAM IN GROUND BALLS: Junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) leads the team with a career-best 35 ground balls. Her 2.19 ground balls per game are third in the Patriot League.
NCAA PLAY-IN GAME: The winner of the Patriot League Tournament will play at the champion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday, May 5, in a NCAA Tournament play-in game. The four teams in the MPSF tournament are No. 1 seed Oregon, No. 2 seed Denver, No. 3 seed Stanford and No. 4 seed California.
HENNESSEY HAVING CAREER SEASON: Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) leads the team with a career-best 40 goals and a career-best 21 caused turnovers. She is tied for second with a career-best 41 points and a career-best 37 draw controls. Her 37 draw controls are tied for eighth all-time in a single-season at the school, while her 21 caused turnovers are tied for sixth. Her 2.50 goals per game are ranked seventh in the Patriot League and her four game-winning goals are tied for second. Hennessey's 1.31 caused turnovers per game are fourth in the league and her 0.75 free-position goals per game are fifth. She is also ranked 47th nationally in goals and 53rd in caused turnovers per game. She has posted at least one goal in 14 straight games. This season, she has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week twice and the Midfield Player of the Week once. For her career, Hennessey has 55 goals and two assists for 57 points in 33 games.
WEBER PLAYING STRONG IN NET: Sophomore Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors. She leads the Patriot League in saves per game with 7.0 and is third in goals against average with an 11.05. Weber is second on the team with 28 ground balls. She has started in all 16 games with 112 saves and has a 9-6 record this season. Her nine wins are sixth all-time in a single-season at the school. She was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on April 16.
RYAN HAVING OUTSTANDING ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman Laura Ryan earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Ryan is the first Crusader freshman to earn All-League honors since the 2007 season. She is second on the team with 35 goals, tied for second with 41 points and tied for third with six assists. She leads the team with 61 draw controls for the season which are second all-time for a single-season at the school. Her 16 caused turnovers are second on the team and her 27 ground balls are third. Ryan's 35 goals and 41 points are the most for a Crusader freshman since the 2007 season when Megan Fenton posted 38 goals and 45 points. Ryan is third in the Patriot League and 26th nationally with 3.81 draw controls per game. Her 2.19 goals per game are tied for 10th in the league. Ryan was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on April 9.
HEAD COACH STEPHANIE RIDOLFI: Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 10th season as head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross in 2012. Ridolfi is the program's all-time winningest coach and in 2006 and 2007 led the program to its first two Patriot League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. In her 10 seasons at Holy Cross she owns an overall record of 83-91 and a 34-25 mark in the Patriot League, including a 30-17 record in the Patriot League in the last eight seasons. Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006.