April 29, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - Four student-athletes on the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team earned spots on the 2005 All-League First Team, and two Crusaders were named major award winners as announced by Patriot League officials this morning. Senior Liz Frisoli, sophomores Megan Orr and Patricia Sutton and freshman Amy Archambault all garnered First Team accolades, while Orr also won the Goalkeeper of the Year award and Archambault was dubbed Rookie of the Year.
Orr was named the League's first ever Goalkeeper of the Year, an award newly implemented this season. The Wilton, Connecticut native finished the season ranked in the Top 10 nationally with a .571 save percentage (fifth), while leading the league in saves (190) and saves per game (11.18). A two-time PL Defensive Player of the Week (Apr.11, Apr. 18), Orr also finished the season ranked second in the league with an 8.69 goals against average, a category she had been ranked nationally in earlier this season. Heading into postseason play, Orr's 190 saves are just 28 shy of cracking into the PL Top 10 for saves in a single season.
Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.) is the third player in Holy Cross women's lacrosse history to win the Rookie of the Year award, and the school's second straight Rookie of the Year, as Sutton was selected the league's top freshman last season. A three-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week selection (Mar.14, Mar.28, Apr.4), Archambault played in 14 games this season and made 12 starts. She finished the year ranked third on the team in scoring with 24 goals and two assists for 26 total points.
The 2004 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Second Team pick, this is Sutton's second career league nod in as many years. A sophomore midfielder, Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) led the league in goals (51) and points (64) this season, and was second in points per game (3.76) and free-position goals (0.82). Her 64 points were 32 more than the next closest player on the HC roster. The March 14 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week also finished the regular season ranked 20th nationally with a 3.00 goals per game average. Defensively, Sutton picked up 19 groundballs and recorded 17 caused turnovers.
A three-year letterwinner, this is Frisoli's first career award. The Massachusetts native started all 17 games for the Crusaders this season and led the team in caused turnovers (21). She was also second on the team in grounballs (28).
Holy Cross (9-8, 4-2 Patriot League) earned the second seed in this weekend's Patriot League Tournament and will take on third-seeded American University on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. The game will be held at top-seeded Colgate, which plays fourth-seeded Lehigh at noon. The winners of Saturday's semifinal games will play for the 2005 Patriot League tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.