Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse Takes Three Major League Awards
April 28, 2006
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five student-athletes on the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team earned spots on the 2006 Patriot League All-League Teams, and three Crusaders were named major award winners as announced by Patriot League Executive Director, Carolyn Schlie Femovich on Friday.
Holy Cross junior midfielder Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) was named the 2006 Patriot League Player of the Year, marking the first time in Crusader women's lacrosse history a Holy Cross player earned such a distinction. In addition, junior goalie Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight season, and head coach Stephanie Pavlick was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year.
This is the sixth time in Patriot League history that the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year have come from the same school.
Sutton, Orr and senior midfielder Carolyn Smirti (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Harbor Spring) all garnered First Team accolades, while junior Darcy Wolcott (Concord, N.H./Concord) and sophomore Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) were named to the Second Team.
A two-time First-Team selection, this is Sutton's first career Player of the Year award. The New York native earned the conference Rookie of the Year award and Second Team accolades in 2004.
A four-time Patriot League Player of the Week this season, Sutton finished the season ranked among the nation's leaders in points (37th; 3.65 points per game) and goals (40th; 2.65 goals per game). She led the Patriot League in free position goals (15 free position goals) and finished the regular season ranked second in the conference in points (62 points), points per game (3.65 points per game), goals (45 goals) and goals per game (2.65 goals per game). Her 62 points were 27 more than the next closest player on the Holy Cross roster. Sutton is among the Patriot League's all-time scoring leaders and recently became just the second Holy Cross women's lacrosse player to break the 200-point mark. She is currently tied for seventh all-time in the Patriot League in career goals (149 career goals), ranks 10th all-time in career points (203 career points), and 12th all-time in career assists (54 career assists).
This season Sutton totaled 10 hat tricks and has scored three or more goals in four of her last five games. She leads an offense which is ranked 33rd nationally in scoring (11.29 goals per game).
Orr earned her second consecutive Goalkeeper of the Year award this season, after taking home the same hardware a year ago. The two-time First Team All-League selection finished the regular season ranked first in the NCAA in save percentage (57.3 percent) and 18th in goals against average (9.04 goals against). The Connecticut native made more than 200 saves for the second straight season, and set a career mark with 20 stops against Yale on April 5. She was a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this season and led the conference in wins, saves, saves per game, goals against average and save percentage. An IWLCA/US Lacrosse all-region pick last year, Orr was the backbone of a defense that ranked 26th nationally in scoring margin in 2006.
In just her fourth year at the helm of the program, Pavlick became the first Holy Cross head coach to earn Patriot League Coach of the Year honors since 1996 and just the third in the 16-year history of the award. Pavlick led the team to the program's first-ever Patriot League Regular Season Championship with its 9-7 win over Colgate last Friday, snapping Colgate's 22-game conference winning streak, which dated back to 2003.
Pavlick coached the Crusaders to three top 50 national rankings, including win percentage (20th), scoring margin (26th), and scoring (33rd), and led the team to 11 wins, marking the second consecutive season the team has finished with 10 or more wins and above the .500 mark. The team's 11 wins this season also tie as the second most successful season in Holy Cross women's lacrosse history.
Smirti served as the team's co-captain this season and produced 33 points on 25 goals and eight assists from the midfield, earning her first career Patriot League award in the process. A four-year letterwinner, she has 84 goals and 21 assists for 105 career points. This season, she is third on the team in total points, tied for third in assists and ranked fourth in goals. She is also listed in the Top 20 in the conference in points, assists and points per game.
A two-year starter, this is Wolcott's first career award. The New Hampshire native started all 17 games for the Crusaders this season after missing all of last year with an injury. Wolcott totaled 25 groundballs and nine caused turnovers, while helping anchor one the top defenses in the Patriot League.
Bolduc is the youngest Holy Cross player to be honored this season. Just a sophomore, the New Hampshire native is also picking up her first career league award after a stellar second-year campaign. Bolduc started all 17 games this season and finished fourth on the team in points and third on the team in goals, doubling her total from last season (13 goals). She is also ranked in the Patriot League Top 25 in both goals and points.
Holy Cross (11-6, 6-0 Patriot League) earned the top seed in this weekend's Patriot League Tournament and will take on fourth-seeded Bucknell on Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m. in Worcester, Mass. The game will be followed by the 3:00 p.m. semifinal which has second-seeded Colgate matching up with third-seeded American. The winners of Saturday's semifinal games will play for the 2006 Patriot League Tournament championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.