Patriot League Tournament Semifinals Presented By Rockin' Refuel
Teams: Holy Cross (8-9, 3-3 PL) vs. American (8-9, 5-1 PL)
Date: April 26, 2013
Place: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
Time: 7:45 p.m.
Live Video: http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess/
HC TO PLAY AMERICAN IN PL SEMIFINALS: The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (8-9 overall, 3-3 PL) is the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament Presented by Rockin' Refuel in Annapolis, Md., and will take on No. 2 seed American (8-9 overall, 5-1 PL) in the semifinals on Friday, April 26 at 7:45 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. No. 1 seed and No. 15 nationally ranked Navy (16-1 overall, 6-0 PL) will play No. 4 seed Lafayette (9-8 overall, 3-3 PL) at 5:00 p.m. in the first semifinal. Go here to watch the games: http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess/. The finals will be on Sunday, April 28, in Annapolis at noon. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the third time in the last four seasons that the Crusaders have qualified for the tournament. The Crusaders have won three of their last four games. This season, Holy Cross fell to American by a 16-8 score in Washington, D.C. The Eagles only Patriot League loss this season was a 11-10 double-overtime defeat to Navy on April 21. The Crusaders are 8-6 all-time versus the Eagles and are 2-0 versus American in the Patriot League Tournament.
HC LOOKING FOR THIRD PATRIOT LEAGUE TITLE: This is Holy Cross' seventh ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001. The Crusaders' previous appearances were in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012. Holy Cross is 5-1 in the semifinals and is 2-3 in the championship game as it has a 7-4 overall record. This is the third 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). Last season, the Crusaders also made it to the title game as a No. 3 seed. HC defeated Colgate (13-12) in the semifinals and then lost to No. 1 seed Navy (18-11) in the championship contest. 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 is 0-1 versus Navy in the tournament, 2-0 versus American and 0-1 versus Lafayette.
HEAD COACH STEPHANIE RIDOLFI: Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 11th season as head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross in 2013. 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 11 seasons at Holy Cross she owns an overall record of 92-101 and a 37-28 mark in the Patriot League, including a 33-20 record in the Patriot League in the last nine seasons. Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006. Ridolfi now owns a 100-119 career record, including her two year stint at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania where she directed the Gators to a record of 8-18 during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
CARRELLAS NAMED TO FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE: Senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) earned first team All-Patriot League honors. Carrellas has started in all 17 games with 23 goals and three assists for 26 points this season. She ranks second on the team with 17 caused turnovers, and was named the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week on March 11. She has played in all 69 career games and ranks fifth all-time at Holy Cross with 53 career caused turnovers, while she also has 77 goals and 13 assists for 90 career points. As a junior, Carrellas was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.
RYAN EARNS ALL-LEAGUE FOR SECOND SEASON: For the second straight season, sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) earned second team All-Patriot League accolades. Ryan stands second on the team with 34 goals and 40 points this season. She leads the team with 46 draw controls which are third all-time for a season in program history, and her 2.71 draw controls per game rank fourth in the Patriot League. Ryan has 75 goals and 15 assists for 90 career points, while her 111 career draw controls are fourth all-time in program history.
HENNESSEY RECEIVES ALL-LEAGUE ACCOLADES: Junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Hennessey has 31 goals and six assists for 37 points this season, leading the team in both points per game (2.64) and goals per game (2.21). Her goals per game rank 10th in the Patriot League and her two game-winning goals are tied for fifth. Hennessey, who has scored at least one goal in 30 straight games, has 90 goals and nine assists for 99 career points. In addition, her 100 career draw controls are seventh all-time in program history.
CARACAUSA SELECTED TO ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Junior Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Caracausa leads the team this season with a career-best 33 ground balls and is tied for fourth in the Patriot League with an average 1.94 ground balls per game. She also has four goals and one assist for five points, while standing third on the team with a career-best 16 caused turnovers. Caracausa has played in 43 career games with 53 ground balls, while she has nine goals and two assists for 11 points.
SUTTON NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) has been named to the Patriot League All-Academic team. Sutton, who is a Sociology major, has 31 goals and three assists for 34 points and has started in all 17 games this season. She leads the team with 13 free-position goals as her 0.76 free-position goals per game are second in the Patriot League. Sutton has played in 67 career games as she has 122 goals and 22 assists for 144 points. Her 122 goals are tied for fourth all-time in program history and her 144 points are tied for eighth. Also her 102 career draw controls are sixth all-time. Sutton is a two-year captain and was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. She has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice.
ZEBROWSKI LEADS TEAM IN GOALS AND POINTS: Senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) leads the team with 36 goals and a career-best 48 points, while she is second on the team with a career-best 12 assists. Her 2.82 points per game are tied for eighth in the Patriot League. Zebrowski has 117 goals and 42 assists for 159 career points. Her 42 career assists are sixth all-time in program history, while her 159 points are fifth and her 117 goals are seventh.
CONCILIO LEADS TEAM WITH 14 ASSISTS: Freshman Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.), who was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week twice this season, leads the team with 14 assists. Her 14 assists are the most by a Crusader freshman since Patricia Sutton posted 23 in 2004. Her 0.82 assists per game are tied for sixth in the PL. She also has six goals for 20 points.
WEBER NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) was named the PL Defensive Player of the Week on April 22 as she went 2-0. She was outstanding in net in both victories as she tallied a 6.00 goals against average and a .571 save percentage. She made 11 saves and allowed six goals as she posted a .647 save percentage in the win versus Central Connecticut, while in the victory versus Lehigh she tallied five saves and allowed six goals. Her 6.71 saves per game are third in the PL this season. Weber's 18 career wins are fourth all-time in program history.