December 29, 2004

Crusaders Complete Fall Season

Nov. 15, 2004

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team has concluded its unofficial Fall season, and is getting ready to suit up for the 2005 campaign. Led by third-year head coach Stephanie Pavlick, the Crusaders are looking to improve on their 8-9 mark last season, including a fifth place (2-4) finish in the Patriot League.

The Crusaders played in three official tournaments this Fall, and matched up with Quinnipiac, Stonehill, Fairfield, and Bryant. They also faced UNH, Sacred Heart, Albany, and Vermont, which are all teams that they will see in the regular season.

Having only lost one senior from last year's squad in Katie Britt, the Crusaders will count on the senior leadership and experience of four-year letterwinner Dee Dee Banel (Edmonds, Wash.), co-captain Eileen Hartigan (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.), and Liz Frisoli (Winchester, Mass.) to lead them on their quest to the 2005 Patriot League tournament.

The Crusaders return their leading scorer from a year ago, sophomore Patricia Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), who tallied 48 goals and 23 assists for 71 total points, and junior Carolyn Smirti (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.), who is one of the team's top midfielders, and who is expected to be a consistent scoring threat when the season gets under way. With 23 goals and 6 assists for 29 points last year, Smirti will look to step up her play and fill the shoes of Britt, who was the team's second-leading scorer last year (36-12-48), and take some of the scoring pressure off of Sutton.

Also returning for the Purple and White are goalies Megan Orr (Wilton, Conn.), and junior Kali Austin (S. Portland, ME). Both goalies gained valuable game experience last year, and will look to improve this season. Last year, Orr started 16 games for the Crusaders, winning eight, while Austin appeared in four contests and registered nine saves.

With seven newcomers, the freshman class will provide depth at all positions this year, and Pavlick is expecting them to contribute right away. Freshmen Nikki Bolduc (Exeter, N.H.), Kelly Winslow (Wrentham, Mass.), and Kaitlin Nangle (Skaneateles, N.Y.) all impressed Pavlick during their Fall debut.

Holy Cross opens up the regular season with a 1:00 p.m. game at UMass on February 26th. The Crusaders' first home game is a 3:30 p.m. tilt against UNH on March 1st.