Stephanie Ridolfi
Stephanie Ridolfi
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 508-793-3682
Previous College: Massachusetts, 2000
Experience: 13th Season

Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 13th season as the Holy Cross head women’s lacrosse coach in 2015. 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. Ridolfi posted her 100th career win at the school with the 10-8 victory over Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals on April 22, 2014. In her 12 seasons at Holy Cross she owns an overall record of 100-114 and a 41-32 mark in the Patriot League, including a 37-24 Patriot League record over the last 10 seasons. Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006.

The 2014 Crusaders (7-12 overall, 4-4 PL) earned the fourth seed in the Patriot League Tournament and defeated Colgate, 10-8, to move onto the semifinals where they fell to eventual champion Loyola (Md.), 14-10. The team's 184 caused turnovers were its most since the 2002 season when it tallied 264. The Crusaders' 332 ground balls were their most since the 2006 season when they posted 432. Four members of the team received All-Patriot League honors.

The 2013 team (9-10 overall, 3-3 Patriot League) made it to the Patriot League Tournament championship game for the second straight season. It was the Crusaders' sixth appearnace in the title game in program history and the fifth under Ridolfi. The No. 3 seeded Crusaders, who had lost to American by a 16-8 score early in the season, defeated the No. 2 seeded Eagles, 8-7 in the semifinals and then fell to No. 1 seeded Navy, 14-4 in the championship game. Four Crusaders earned All-Patriot League accolades.

The Crusaders went 10-8 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League in 2012 as they made it to Patriot League championship game. The No. 3 seeded Crusaders defeated No. 2 seed Colgate by a 13-12 score in the semifinals and then fell to No. 1 seed Navy in the finals. The Crusaders’ 10 overall wins were their most since going 13-6 in 2007, and it was the seventh season in program history and the fourth under Ridolfi that the Crusaders won 10 games or more. The four Patriot League victories were Holy Cross’ most since going 5-0 in 2007. Four Crusaders earned All-League honors including Catherine Furman, who was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.

The 2010 season saw the Crusaders qualify for the Patriot League Tournament for the fourth time under Ridolfi and for the fifth time in the history of the program, as the Crusaders narrowly fell to No. 1 seed Lehigh in the semifinals by a score of 9-8. Five Crusaders earned All-Patriot League honors including Amy Martin, who was named Patriot League Goalie of the Year.

In 2007, the Crusaders won their second straight Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, while they also qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and second time in school history. Holy Cross went 13-6 overall with a perfect 5-0 record in Patriot League regular season games.

Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading Holy Cross to an undefeated record in the league (6-0) and a number one seed in the conference tournament. The Crusaders defeated fourth-seeded Bucknell 13-7 in the semifinals and number two seed Colgate 9-6 in the championship game to clinch their first Patriot League title. The team had another first when they went on to play in the NCAA Tournament. Holy Cross had the most successful record in school history with a 14-7 overall mark.

In 2005, Ridolfi led Holy Cross to a second-place finish (4-2) in the Patriot League and the number two seed in the conference tournament. The Crusaders defeated third-seeded American, 11-10 in the semifinals before falling to defending champion Colgate in Holy Cross’ second-ever title game. The Crusaders’ 10-9 overall record was also one of just two winning records in the seven-team league in 2005.

In 2004, Ridolfi coached Holy Cross to an 8-9 overall mark, and a fifth place finish in the Patriot League (2-4), after leading the Crusaders to a 7-9 (2-4 Patriot League) record in her first year with the program.

Ridolfi now owns a 108-132 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.

Ridolfi’s teams have also been very successful academically as her program has earned perfect multi-year APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores. During her time at Holy Cross, the program has had 117 selections to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

A 2000 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Ridolfi brings NCAA Division I playing experience to the Crusaders. Ridolfi led Massachusetts to the 2000 Atlantic 10 championship, the school’s first lacrosse title, and was the team’s leading scorer en route to earning All-Atlantic 10 honors. As a senior, Ridolfi tallied 35 goals and added six assists for 41 points to lead the Minutewomen’s effort. Ridolfi was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team.

In the 2000 Atlantic 10 Championship game against Temple, Ridolfi scored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime to give Massachusetts a 3-2 victory over the Owls. Ridolfi also served as team captain in 2000 and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player following the season.

Ridolfi was a three-year letterwinner while at Massachusetts and finished her career with 71 goals and 21 assists for 92 career points. 

Ridolfi, formerly Pavlick, and her husband Chris reside in Milford with their two children (Emma and Michael).