April 29, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team clinched the Patriot League Title for the second consecutive season as they defeated American 12-8 Sunday in the Patriot League Championship game at Hart Astroturf. Senior midfielder Patricia Sutton led the Crusaders with five goals and was named the Tournament MVP while senior goalkeeper Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.) recorded 11 saves and broke the all-time Patriot League career saves record with 839 career saves.
Junior attack Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H.) scored three goals while freshman midfielder Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.), junior attack Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.), junior attack Kristine Corkum (Ipswich, Mass.) and freshman attack Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) each added a goal for the Crusaders. Archambault and Corkum recorded two assists and Kaitlin Nangle (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and Fenton had one assist.
American put away the first goal of the game, but Holy Cross returned the next goal as the two teams remained within one goal of each other for the first 26 minutes of play. The game was tied up three times before Holy Cross scored three straight goals to go into halftime with a 5-3 lead.
The Eagles again put away the first goal of the half and cut the Crusaders lead to 5-4. Holy Cross kept the lead until American knotted the game at six and seven. Corkum netted the go ahead goal (8-7) with just over 15 minutes remaining in the second half. Holy Cross followed up with four unanswered goals from Archambault, Baird, Bolduc and Sutton, to take a five goal lead, 12-7, with 4:29 left in the game. American scored one more before the buzzer, but Holy Cross held on to win the Patriot League Championship (12-8) for the second time in school history.
The Crusaders out shot the Eagles 34-23 and Holy Cross had 16 draw controls to American's six.
Orr, Bolduc, Darcy Wolcott (Concord, N.H.) and Cara O'Sullivan (Duxbury, Mass.) were named to the All-Tournament Team while Sutton was the Tournament's Most Valuable Player totaling eight goals and one assist in the two games of tournament.
American's Brittany Finnegan, Jackie Lane and Caitlin Bell, Lehigh's Sarah Fudin and Tess McGrath and Colgate's Ashley Didio and Kate Metevia were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
With the win the Crusaders earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This will be the second trip to the NCAA's for Holy Cross. Its opponent and destination is yet to be determined.