Women's Lacrosse To Host Colgate In PL Quarterfinals On April 22

Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse                                
Overall: 6-11 (4-4 Patriot League) Last Week: 1-0
Scoreboard: Holy Cross 9, Lehigh 6, Bethlehem, Pa., 4/19 Box Score Recap
Schedule: Tuesday, April 22 vs. Colgate, Worcester, Mass., 5:00 p.m., Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals Live stats Video

• The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (6-11 overall, 4-4 PL) is the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will host No. 5 seed Colgate (7-8 overall, 4-4 PL) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Cross Field at 5:00 p.m. No. 3 seed Boston University will host No. 6 seed Lehigh in the other quarterfinal game on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The semifinals and championship game will be hosted by No. 1 seed and No. 12 nationally ranked Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, April 24 and Saturday, April 26, in Baltimore. Both the Greyhounds and No. 2 seed Navy have earned a bye to the semifinals. The tournament will be re-seeded after the quarterfinals. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Crusaders have qualified for the tournament.

• The Crusaders defeated the Raiders by a 10-9 score earlier this season on March 8 at Holy Cross Field. Go here to read the recap. The last three meetings between these two teams have been decided by one goal with Holy Cross winning two of three contests. The Crusaders are 8-20 all-time versus the Raiders and are 3-1 versus Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament.  

• This is Holy Cross' eighth ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001. The Crusaders' previous appearances were in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013. This is the first-year the tournament has had a quarterfinal round. Holy Cross is 6-1 in the semifinals and is 2-4 in the championship game as it has a 8-5 overall record. This is the second time the Crusaders have been the No. 4 seed. As the No. 4 seed in 2010, the Crusaders fell at Lehigh by a 9-8 score in the semifinals. 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. In 2012, the Crusaders 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. Last year, the No. 3 seeded Crusaders defeated American (8-7) in the semifinals and then fell to top-seeded Navy (14-4) in the championship game. Holy Cross is 0-2 versus No. 2 seed Navy in the tournament, 3-1 versus No. 5 seed Colgate and 0-1 versus No. 6 Lehigh. No. 1 seed Loyola (Md.) and No. 3 seed Boston University are in their first season as members of the Patriot League.  

• The Crusaders' 17.41 ground balls per game are third in the league and 23rd nationally. The Crusaders' 9.76 caused turnovers per game are third in the conference and 17th nationally.

• Senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) has earned first team All-Patriot League honors. This is the first time that Hennessey has been named to the first team as she was a second team selection in 2013. Hennessey leads the team this season with 26 goals, while she is third with 31 points and is fourth with five assists. She is also third on the team with 21 draw controls. Her 2.17 goals per game are seventh in the league and her 2.58 points per game are ninth. Hennessey has played in 63 career games with 120 goals and 14 assists for 134 points. She also has 10 career game-winning goals. Her 120 goals are sixth all-time in program history and her 134 points are 10th. Also her 124 career draw controls are fourth all-time and her 48 caused turnovers are sixth. She is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, while she is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.

• Junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) has received second team All-Patriot League honors for the third straight year. Ryan is second on the team this season with 33 points, tied for second with 10 assists, third with 23 goals, first with 33 ground balls, second with 32 draw controls and second with 22 caused turnovers. She has 100 career goals and 26 assists for 126 points. Her 100 career goals are 10th all-time in program history and her 149 career draw controls are second. Also her 60 caused turnovers are fifth all-time. Ryan earned 2013 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades. She is a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

• Junior Sophia Agostinelli (Framingham, Mass.) has earned second team All-Patriot League honors. She leads the team with 25 caused turnovers which are fourth all-time for a season in program history. Her 1.56 caused turnovers per game are 33rd nationally. Earlier this season she was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on March 17. She tied a Patriot League single-game record with six caused turnovers versus Brown on March 11. Agostinelli is third on the team this year with 26 ground balls. For her career she has played in 37 games with 42 ground balls and 40 caused turnovers.

• Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) has received second team All-League accolades. Martino leads the team with 34 points, while she is second on the team with 24 goals and tied for second with 10 assists. She leads the team with 41 draw controls which are tied for seventh for a season in program history. Martino also has 19 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. This is Martino's first season at Holy Cross as she transferred from North Carolina. She played in 11 games as the Tar Heels won the 2013 NCAA national championship. She was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. 

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