Overall Record: 0-0 (0-0 PL); Last Week: 0-0
Schedule: Friday, August 28 vs. Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
- The Holy Cross women's soccer team kicks off the 2009 campaign when it hosts Massachusetts at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium on Friday, August 28. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders welcome the Minutewomen to Worcester and look to avenge a 2-1 double overtime loss in Amherst last season. Senior Shelby Stand (Douglas, Mass.) scored the lone Crusader goal of the game. This will be the eighth meeting on the pitch for the two teams, as Massachusetts owns a 7-0 record over Holy Cross.
- The Crusaders return 18 letterwinners from last year's squad and welcome six newcomers. Holy Cross will look to the leadership of two-time captain senior Kendra Demakis (Hanover, Mass.) along with senior captain Stand and junior captain Lauren Wright (Biglerville, Pa.) to lead the Crusaders on the field. Together, the three captains have played in 120 games for Holy Cross. Last season, Demakis and Wright started in all 19 games and Stand started in 17 games, seeing action in 18.
- Patriot League Rookie of the Year, sophomore midfielder Katherine Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H) returns to lead the offensive attack. Donnelly completed the 2008 season tied for eighth on the Holy Cross single-season goals record list with eight goals and finished as the leading goal scorer for the Crusaders. Donnelly's eight goals combined with three assists gave her 19 points and was just two points shy of making the single-season points record list.
- Holy Cross returns its top three point scorers from a year ago. Donnelly, Stand and Wright combined to score 48 of the Crusaders' 66 points. Donnelly and Stand finished the 2008 season tied with 19 points. Donnelly's eight goals led the Crusaders and Stand's five assists topped the Holy Cross list.
- First-year head coach Darren Gallagher will kick off his college coaching career on Friday night. Gallagher came to the Crusaders from Massachusetts Premier Soccer, where he served as technical director. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Gallagher was the head coach of the Boston Renegades of the USL W-League. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America premier license, and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America advanced national diploma.