May 10, 2007
The Teams: Holy Cross (13-5) vs. Northwestern (17-1)
Date: May 13, 2007
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT
Place: Lakeside Field, Evanston, Ill.
Series History: First Meeting
Sunday's game will be the first-ever meeting between Holy Cross and Northwestern in the 28 year history of varsity lacrosse at Holy Cross.
Holy Cross advanced to its second NCAA Tournament after winning the Patriot League Title for the second consecutive year and second time in school history under head coach Stephanie Ridolfi.
UP NEXT: The winner of Sunday's contest will advance to the 2007 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round where they will play the winner of Syracuse and eighth-seed Vanderbilt scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at campus sites. The semifinals and finals are slated for Friday, May 25 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday May 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pa. The championship game will be broadcast live on College Sports Television (CSTV).
AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS: Boston University, America East champion Hofstra, Colonial Athletic Association champion Holy Cross, Patriot League champion Le Moyne, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Northwestern, American Lacrosse Conference champion Penn, Ivy League champion Richmond, Atlantic-10 champion Syracuse, BIG EAST champion
HOLY CROSS CONTINUES SUCCESS FROM 2006: Holy Cross is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the second in program history. Holy Cross won the Patriot League women's lacrosse tournament title for the second time in the tournament's seven-year existence. Holy Cross won the Patriot League women's lacrosse regular season title for the second time in program history this season. Holy Cross won 13 games this season, marking the third consecutive season the team has finished with 10 or more wins. Holy Cross went a perfect 5-0 in the Patriot League for the second time in program history.
QUICK HITTERS: Holy Cross' postseason berth marks the sixth-straight season, and seventh-time overall, that a Patriot League team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first meeting between Holy Cross and Northwestern. The Crusaders have won three straight games and 12 of their last 15. The Crusaders are 10th in the nation in scoring defense, 12th in scoring offense, 12th in scoring margin, and 16th in win percentage. Senior midfielder Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Spring, N.Y.) ranks 20th nationally in goals per game (2.94) and 25th in points per game (4.00). Sutton leads the team in goals (55 goals) and points (73 points). She also ranks first in the Patriot League in goals and points this season. Senior goalie Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.) ranks third in the nation in save percentage (.564 percent) and is 10th in goals against average (8.63 gaa). She is also fifth with 3.50 ground balls. Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.) was named the 2007 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year for the third consecutive season. She was also a First Team All-League selection for the third straight season. Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Spring, N.Y.) was named to the First Team All- League for the third consecutive season. She was also the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player. Darcy Wolcott (Concord, N.H.) and Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H.) were named to the All-Patriot League First Team for the second straight year. Cara O'Sullivan (Duxbury, Mass.) and Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) were named to the First Team All-League for the first time in their career. Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.) was selected to the All-League second team. She was named to the First Team in 2005.
CRUSADERS RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC WORK: The Holy Cross women's lacrosse squad is one of 12 Holy Cross athletic teams to have achieved a perfect score of 1,000 in the NCAA's academic performance standard, the Academic Progress Rate (APR). The APR uses a series of formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performance of all participants on teams at every Division I college and university.
The other Crusader programs to post perfect scores were women's cross country, field hockey, men's golf, men's ice hockey, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
Overall, the lowest APR for any Holy Cross team was 972, well above the NCAA's minimum score of 925. Teams which have an APR below 925 can be subject to sanctions and probation. The national average for all Division I institutions was 960.
SUTTON IN HC'S RECORD BOOKS: This season, Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) broke the school record for all-time career points and goals and currently ranks second in the Patriot League for all-time career points and goals. She earned First Team All-Patriot League accolades after leading the league in goals and ranking second in points. Sutton was named the MVP after scoring eight goals and adding one assist in the Patriot League Tournament.
MORE ON ORR: Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight season. This year, she set a new school and league record for career saves (839). Orr currently ranks third in the nation in save percentage and is 10th in goals against average. She also ranks fifth in ground balls (3.50). A three-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week this season, Orr led the league in wins, saves, saves per game, save percentage and goals against average.
AROUND THE NATION: As a team, Holy Cross is ranked nationally in four different categories: scoring defense (10th), scoring offense (12th), scoring margin (12th) and win percentage (16th).
EIGHT FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS AND ONE MAJOR AWARD WINNER: Eight Holy Cross women's lacrosse players were recognized by the Patriot League including first-team selections, Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Spring, N.Y.), Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.), Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H.), Darcy Wolcott (Concord, N.H.), Kristine Corkum (Ipswich, Mass.), Cara O'Sullivan (Duxbury, Mass.), and Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) and second team selection Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.).
This is the third-consecutive first-team accolade for Sutton and Orr and the second-consecutive for Bolduc and Wolcott while Corkum, O'Sullivan and Fenton are honored for the first time. Archambault was named to the first-team in 2005.
Senior midfielder Sutton led the team with 47 goals and 17 assists breaking Holy Cross' all-time career goals and career points record. She leads the league in goals and is second in points while ranking second all-time in career goals and career points .
Senior goalkeeper Orr was named the goalkeeper of the Year after recording 202 saves this season and breaking the school's and the Patriot League's all-time saves record. She leads the league in goals against average, save percentage, saves, and groundballs.
Junior attack Bolduc tallied 26 points with 19 goals and seven assists this season. She recorded 32 draw controls, picked up 18 groundballs and had nine caused turnovers. Senior defender Wolcott leads the team with 20 caused turnovers. She is second with 32 groundballs and helped hold conference opponents to just 26 goals.
Junior attack Corkum is second on the team with 44 goals and 14 assists. She is tied second in the league in goals and ranks third in points. Junior defender O'Sullivan is second on the team with 19 caused turnovers. She also picked up 19 groundballs and scored seven goals. Freshman midfielder Fenton scored 37 goals and added seven assists in her first year and ranks eighth in the league with 44 points.
Junior attack Archambault is fourth on the team with 39 points with 24 goals and 15 assists this season. She is tied 10th in the league in assists, tied 15th in goals and ranks 17th in points.
LAST TIME OUT (Recap from 4/29/07): 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 (Saratoga Spring, N.Y.) 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 the tournament.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: This will be the fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the two-time defending national champion Northwestern. The Wildcats received the ALC's automatic bid by after defeating Johns Hopkins, 22-6, to win the ALC Tournament title this past weekend in Baltimore. Overall, this is the Wildcats' ninth NCAA bid, receiving five from 1982-92. The Wildcats are 9-1 in the championship under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller.Northwestern leads the NCAA ranks in goals scored (16.7) and fewest goals allowed (5.7) and has five players with at least 39 goals.
Senior midfielder Kristen Kjellman leads the team with 57 goals and adds 22 assists for 79 points. Sophomore midfielder Hannah Nielsen leads the team with 106 points totaling 61 assists and 45 goals. Sophomore midfielder Meredith Frank is second on the team with 51 goals while sophomore midfielder/attack Hilary Bowen is second in points totaling 48 goals and 32 assists for 80 points.
2007 HOLY CROSS CAPTAINS: Senior midfielder Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), senior goalkeeper Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.), senior defender Darcy Wolcott (Concord, N.H.) and junior attack Amy Archambault (West Hartford, Conn.) are team captains for the 2007 season.