Patriot League Tournament Semifinals
Teams: Holy Cross (7-11, 4-4 PL) vs. #12 Loyola (Md.) (12-4, 8-0 PL)
Date: April 24, 2014
Place: Ridley Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.
Time: 5:00 p.m.
HC TO PLAY #12 LOYOLA (Md.) IN PL SEMIFINALS: The No. 4 seed Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (7-11 overall, 4-4 PL), which defeated No. 5 seed Colgate in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, April 22 by a 10-8 score, will take on No. 1 seed and No. 12 nationally ranked Loyola (Md.) (12-4, 8-0 PL) on Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m., in Baltimore, Md., at the Ridley Athletic Complex in the Patriot League semifinals. The Greyhounds defeated the Crusaders, 19-5, earlier in the season in Baltimore on March 29. No. 3 seed Boston University (8-9. 5-3 PL), which defeated No. 6 seed Lehigh, 14-9, in the other quarterfinal game, will play No. 2 seed Navy (14-2, 6-2 PL) at 7:30 p.m. in Baltimore. The winners will meet in the championship game on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Baltimore. The champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
HC LOOKING FOR THIRD PATRIOT LEAGUE TITLE: This is Holy Cross' eighth ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001 and its fourth in the last five years. 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 as the Crusaders defeated Colgate, 10-8. Holy Cross is 6-1 in the semifinals and is 2-4 in the championship game as it has a 9-5 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. No. 1 seed Loyola (Md.) and No. 3 seed Boston University are in their first season as members of the Patriot League.
RIDOLFI TALLIES 100TH CAREER WIN AT HC: Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 12th season as head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross. With the win over Colgate in the quarterfinals she now has 100 career wins at the school. 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 12 seasons at Holy Cross she owns an overall record of 100-113 and a 41-32 mark in the Patriot League, including a 37-24 record in the Patriot League in the last 10 seasons. Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006. Ridolfi now owns a 108-131 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.
HENNESSEY RECEIVES LEAGUE HONORS: Senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) earned first team All-Patriot League honors and was named to the Patriot League All-Academic team. She was a second team All-League selection in 2013. On Tuesday, April 22 in the 10-8 win versus Colgate in the Patriot League quarterfinals, she tallied three goals and one assist for four points. Hennessey leads the team this season with 29 goals, while she is third with 35 points and is fourth with six assists. She is also third on the team with 22 draw controls. Hennessey has played in 64 career games with 123 goals and 15 assists for 138 points. She also has 10 career game-winning goals. Her 123 goals are fourth all-time in program history and her 138 points are ninth. Also her 125 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.
PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: The games will be shown on Patriot League Network at www.patriotleague.tv. Pete Medhurst and Monica Yeakel will be calling the action.
RYAN EARNS ALL-LEAGUE FOR THIRD SEASON: For the third straight season, junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) earned second team All-Patriot League accolades. Ryan tallied three goals and two assists for five points as the Crusaders defeated Colgate in the quarterfinals. Ryan is first on the team this season with 38 points, tied for second with 12 assists, second with 26 goals, first with 37 ground balls, second with 32 draw controls and tied for first with 26 caused turnovers which are tied for fourth all-time for a season at the school. She has 103 career goals and 28 assists for 131 points. Her 103 career goals are 10th all-time in program history and her 149 career draw controls are second. Also her 64 caused turnovers are tied for third 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.
AGOSTINELLI NAMED TO ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Junior Sophia Agostinelli (Framingham, Mass.) has earned second team All-Patriot League honors. She is tied for the team-lead with 26 caused turnovers which are tied for fourth all-time for a season in program history. 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 28 ground balls. For her career she has played in 38 games with 44 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers.
MARTINO EARNS ALL-LEAGUE: Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) has received second team All-League accolades. Martino is second on the team with 37 points, while she is third with 25 goals and tied for second with 12 assists. She leads the team with 45 draw controls which are fourth 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.
WEBER NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) was named the ECAC New England Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. In a 9-6 victory at Lehigh on April 19, Weber recorded five saves and posted a .538 save percentage to earn the win. The victory clinched the No. 4 seed and its accompanying home game in the Patriot League quarterfinals for the Crusaders. Throughout her Holy Cross career, Weber ranks sixth in Holy Cross history with 363 saves over 60 games. Additionally, she is second all-time for the Crusaders with 26 wins. She has twice been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
HC DEFEATS COLGATE: With Holy Cross leading 8-3 in the second half, Colgate scored four straight goals to make it a one-goal game, but the Crusaders then outscored the Raiders 2-1 in the final 11:45 of play to earn the win in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals at Holy Cross Field. Ryan tallied three goals and two assists for five points, while Hennessey tallied three goals and one assist for four points. The Crusaders improve to 4-1 all-time versus Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders are also 5-0 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games at home.