Field hockey set to begin 2019 slate
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross field hockey team is set to begin its 2019 season this Friday, Aug. 29 at home against Northeastern.
In 2018, the Crusaders finished fifth in the Patriot League, just missing out on the playoffs by one spot after qualifying for the postseason in each of the previous two years. Coach Lindsay Jackson’s squad is excited to get back out on the field after a strong preseason.
“We have had a very productive couple of weeks in preparation for the start of the season and are ready for our first match,” Jackson said. “I think we are more disciplined and connecting well with each other. We are excited to see how we put it together.”
Players to Watch:
- Goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante returns for her senior season having earned Preseason All-League recognition for the second time in her career. Last season, she led the Patriot League with a .751 save percentage, which was also good for 15th in the nation. Her 10.82 saves per game led all Division I goalkeepers.
- The Crusaders’ top two scorers from last year have since graduated. The returner with the most points last season is sophomore Keely Smith. She was third on the team as a freshman with three goals and one assist.
- Holy Cross’ trio of senior captains all figure to have a large impact on how the season plays out. Philomena Fitzgerald had two goals and an assist, while Madeline Alderfer scored once and assisted on three others last year. Danielle McAdam played in all 17 games, starting 13, and will look to help out a lot defensively yet again.
- Junior Emily Devine has been the rock of the Crusaders back line the past two years and will likely reprise that role in 2019. She led the team last season with two defensive saves.
- The Venezia sisters, junior Olivia and freshman Gabby, come from high school field hockey powerhouse Watertown and will look to bring that winning pedigree to the Hill.
- Other returners with at least five starts from last year include juniors Minke Koomen and Kristen Weber and sophomores Caitlin Little and Lily Watson.
- Including Venezia, the Crusaders brought in a strong freshman class and it will be exciting to see which of the newcomers have an immediate impact.
Mark your Calendars:
- With the opener against Northeastern under their belts, the Crusaders will take on first-year Division I program Merrimack on Sept. 6 at 4:00 p.m. at home.
- Holy Cross will open Patriot League play on Sept. 21 at Lafayette.
- The team’s first Patriot League home game will be against Lehigh on Sept. 28.
- The Crusader will host the Turnpike Trophy against Boston University on Oct. 26 at 11:00 a.m.
- They wrap up their regular season at Bucknell on Nov. 2.
Holy Cross (3-14 in 2018)
vs. Northeastern (8-11 in 2018)
|Date||Aug. 30, 2018|
|Hart Turf Field|
|Last Meeting||Aug. 31, 2018 | L, 2-1|
|Series History||Holy Cross trails, 0-11|
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Things to know about Northeastern:
- The Huskies finished last season at 8-11 with a loss in the first round of their conference tournament.
- Last year, after going up 2-0 on the Crusaders, Holy Cross scored to cut the deficit in half in the 42nd minute, but the result held throughout the second half.
- Junior Camille O’Conor was second on the team last year with seven goals and five assists and is the Huskies’ top returning scorer.
- Junior Julia Gluyas started all 19 games in goal last season and allowed 2.39 goals against per game with a .698 save percentage.