2016 Senior Class
2016 Senior Class

Women's Lacrosse Season Blog

Holy Cross Athletics   05-03-2016

Senior Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), sophomore Kerianne Moran (Manhasset, N.Y.) and freshman Jessi Button (Moorestown, N.J.) conclude this season’s blog.

Monday, April 25, 2016

After an exciting win against American on Saturday, we came into the week ready to prepare for our final game against Colgate. In practice, we focused on perfecting our 1v1 defense in the ride by dropping our sticks and learning to play defense using just our bodies. This allowed us to pay closer attention to our footwork and rely less on our sticks to force players out in the ride.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We started off practice with a gratitude circle, where we all got to go around and say what we are thankful for. This put us in a great mood and led to a productive practice. We first worked on our throwing form with bounce and long passes. Next we focused again on our body positioning in 1v1 defense. Then, we switched our attention to preventing fast breaks and finished by playing one of our favorite drills, the numbers game!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today we implemented our new ride! We focused for the majority of practice on forcing players out towards the sidelines when our opponent was clearing the ball up the midfield. Our attackers and midfield really perfected this, and we were ready to use it to take down Colgate!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We again worked on our new ride, this time in a full field aspect. As a team, everyone perfected their roles and made sure they knew their responsibilities in the ride. Then, the defense practiced our zone defense for the game on Saturday!

Friday, April 29, 2016

 

Our final practice of the 2016 season!! We started the day by playing the warm up drill and continued by focusing on our 7v7 attack and defense for the game! We finished with the half field shot contest. After practice, all the underclassmen decorated the locker room for the seniors' final game tomorrow. One more sleep until game day!!!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Game day!!!! Today’s game was especially important as we honored our six lovely seniors! The stands were packed with family and supporters as we took on our final opponent, Colgate. Although we ended with a loss, the score did not reflect the effort or desire to win for our seniors.

Week 11

Junior Meg Ayers (Scituate, Mass.), junior Elizabeth Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) and sophomore Caroline McKenna (Longmeadow, Mass.) discuss the 11th week of the season including the 14-13 win versus American.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

One of our former teammates Hannah Dinardo ran the Boston Marathon for the Dana Farber team and not only did great work in the marathon but raised over $17,000 for cancer research! Go Hannah! We went back to work on Monday to prep for a big week with two Patriot League games. At practice on Monday we worked a lot on movement and did the 3v3 drill from up top. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coach Katie Ferris put us through a really fun stickwork circle drill on Tuesday and then we focused on draws and did purple team vs. white team draws, first to 12! With one sleep until game day we finished practice with clears so we were ready for BU’s ride!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GAME DAY! We love any opportunity to compete especially when it’s Patriot League play! We left Holy Cross around 3:30 p.m. after classes and got ready mentally on the short bus ride into Boston. The game was an all-around battle. The midfield crushed it and defense was solid all game playing against a very skilled BU attack. Attack saw goals from senior Margie Smith, senior MacKenzie Bozel, junior Maddie Ward and sophomore Stephanie Ford. It was great to see such distributed attack! While we came out of the game with a loss the game built on our toughness and motivated us throughout the remainder of the week to not let that happen on Saturday

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today we worked hard on perfecting our clears, starting from the defense and looking for the upfield pass to our attackers. With each repetition we got better at being aware of our teammates, therefore perfecting our timing of cutting to or away for the ball, and ultimately the clear. After that, we got into some 7v7s to prepare for our next big Patriot League game against American University. The team worked hard to stay together and stay consistent.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Coach Belichick came out fired up today and ran us through a “shooting practice.” We added onto our shooting skills by doing a new drill with partners where one shot at the other’s stick, a target practice one could say! We were super focused and the energy was high which propelled us into our big game Saturday! ONE DAY UNTIL GAME DAY!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

HUGE WIN vs. American! The final score was 14-13. What a huge win! We fought hard to come back from being down in the first half, 8-5. The game was back and forth but we never lost faith. Our huge scoring run of four consecutive goals in the second half helped propel us back into game and from there on out we were neck in neck with American. Junior Tess MacKay, assisted by freshman Baker Earl scored not only her fifth goal of the game but the game winner with only 12 seconds to go! Draw controls were something we put work in all week and it came down to us falling back on our training and coming up with a huge draw to score our last goal. Definitely was a nerve-racking win but it almost made the victory that much sweeter!

Week 10

Junior Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.), sophomore Anna Tanji (Westfield, N.J.) and freshman Keely Connors (Bedford, N.Y.) discuss the 10th week of the season.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

After a tough loss to Loyola we immediately started to focus on ourselves to create a game plan for Lafayette. We started off our day with some film of our game against Loyola to pinpoint what we needed to work on. In the locker room we talked about our strengths and weaknesses. Then we watched a very motivational speech on passion and the will to succeed. Following our meeting we headed out to the astro turf for practice under the lights. We focused a lot on our fast break situations and transition play. We started off the week very strong and ready to work for the rest of the week. FOUR SLEEPS!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy Birthday to junior Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.)!! It was a very early and sunny wakeup for the girls today! We started off our day with 6:30 a.m. stick work where we worked on protecting our sticks from being back checked. We played one of our favorite drills and earned more points than we ever have, which was very exciting! Following our stick work we all proceeded to our classes and then had the opportunity to work on specific things with our open field time from 2:00­3:30 p.m. With practice at 3:30 p.m. we were able to enjoy the great weather and continue to work hard and get better! The focus stayed on transition, as we did a clearing drill, fast break drill and worked a little on our individual game plans, as far as, defense and offense. With another great day of practice and a lot of hard work we continue to improve and get excited for our game on Friday! THREE SLEEPS!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Coming off of a great practice Tuesday night we were ready to bring the energy again today and have another good practice. Before practice we watched film together in preparation to attack Lafayette. We started practice with the team’s favorite: an appreciation circle, which always gives each of us a boost of confidence going into practice. At practice we focused on pushing the fast break and attacking unsettled situations.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

One more day until game day! Before practice started, we took a team picture. We began practice with a stick work competition getting the chance to show off our impressive behind the back passing. Juniors Maddy Smith (Menands, N.Y.) and Mary Patalita (Alexandria, Va.) won the first round of the competition, but then freshman Baker Earl (Ridgewood, N.J.) and junior Maddie Warwick (Hingham, Mass.) captured the win for the second round. We then scrimmaged for most of practice and ended with our pregame tradition of 50 yard shot contest. We left practice pumped and ready to battle Lafayette tomorrow night!

Friday April 15, 2016

GAME DAY!!!!! After a tough week of preparation, we are ready to take on Lafayette on our home turf. The coaches surprised us with new long sleeve shirts for our pink game to show our support for breast cancer research. Although we put in a lot of extra time and effort this week, the game did not end how we wanted after a tough battle. But, like every game, it was a great chance to keep getting better. It is always nice to see our supportive families and friends, too. Preparation for our game against Boston University starts now!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

We had no scheduled practice today, so we used this extra time to clear our heads after a hard loss and mentally learn from our mistakes and move on. The weather was beautiful on the hill, perfect for the 22nd birthday of senior Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.)! We started our morning at the softball game versus Colgate to support our fellow Crusaders and sign autographs for some young HC fans. The rest of the day was ours to relax and soak up the sun!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Today was another beautiful day on the hill! We are hoping that spring is here to stay! Some members of the team went to the baseball game to support our friends as they took on Army at home. We had another day off to regroup and catch up on schoolwork to prepare for the coming week with two Patriot League games. 

 

Week 9

This week junior Maddy Smith (Menands, N.Y.), junior Anna Johnson (Summit, N.J.) and sophomore Julia Maloney (Loudonville, N.Y.) discuss the ninth week of the season.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Good morning! Today on this great spring day, Worcester is expecting SNOW! Don’t worry we won’t let that stop us! The team was up bright and early to Hart for a 5:00 a.m. departure to Fore Kicks indoor facility to make sure we could practice. We woke each other up by singing, laughing and practicing our fancy behind the back passes. By 7:00 a.m. we had worked hard, had fun and got a nice sweat in! Then it was off to class for the day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Today we had a great practice that started out with our new stick work drill. We are mastering our behind the back passes! Then we did some up field passing and draws to prepare for our game against Loyola on Saturday. We then played some 7 v. 7 and headed to lift. We got a productive lift in with Michelle and worked on our squat form.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Can you say ice cream? Before practice, head coach Belichick and our SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) representatives joined to mingle with professors, coaches and the rest SAAC members over some yummy ice cream! The ice cream social is a new event to bridge the gap between the academic and athletic departments here at Holy Cross. Each SAAC member invited a professor of their choosing and introduced them to their coach. It was great to see all the athletes, coaches and professors speaking together! Right from there, everyone headed to the field house to watch film on the big screen! Lined up in comfy chairs, we started to discuss our game plan for our game Saturday against Loyola. This would include a new play for the attack that we went over at practice. After film, we jogged up the hill to Hart (yes jogged-we are super fit) and went right to the field for another great practice with some of our favorite drills!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A little rain never hurt anyone! Despite the bad weather today we kept working on our feeds from around the 8-meter with a fun shooting drill. We also did competitive 7v7s, pitting the attack against the defense to see if the attack could score three goals before the defense got six successful clears. Once we came inside and dried off a little, the team worked with our lift coach Michelle to end a great day of practice!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Another early start for the team! Our 6:00 a.m. practice included stick work and our favorite passing drill “meatloaf” where we did one-handed and behind the back passing. Also, we split into teams and practiced draws, then worked on both attack and defense during our 7 v. 7. To end practice the team spent a lot of time doing 8 meters to help prepare us for the game against Loyola tomorrow. After a full day of classes we flew down to Maryland and after a great dinner everyone went straight to bed, ready and excited for the game!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

GAME DAY! We woke up and went to breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and had a great meal before our game. We then headed to Loyola for a shoot around and pre-game meeting. We played Loyola at 1:00 p.m. and unfortunately didn’t come out with the win. We fought hard and then headed straight to the airport to head home.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

After a tough loss yesterday, we immediately started preparing for our next game against Lafayette by spending all day together as a team getting our homework done. With schoolwork behind us for the week, we can focus on everything we need to improve on this week in practice in order to come out with a win on Friday!

Week 8

Junior Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.) and sophomore Ally Braciska (Tewksbury, Mass.) discuss the eighth week of the season which included a win over Army and a trip to Bucknell.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Today we came back from Easter ready to practice and prepare for Army on Wednesday. We had a meeting at noon, and despite the weather we still managed to put in the work we needed to. We warmed up with the protection drill to practice cradling, pivoting and stick protection. We also worked on 1 v. 1’s and our clear. We ended with some 7 v.7 to cap off a great practice.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

One day until game day!!!! The rainy weather did not stop us from coming out and having a great practice before taking on Army. We played our favorite drill of 3 v. 3 continuous and got a great work out in to prepare ourselves to battle. We finished practice with our pre-game tradition of 30-yard shots leaving freshman Keely Connors (Bedford, N.Y.) the second time champion! We went through our game plan, scout and ended the day with some film (snacks included!)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

GAME DAY!!!!! WOOO! Everyone woke up feeling excited and ready to take on Army. We got to the field a few hours before the game and did a shoot around. After we went through our game plan and got pumped up with our pre-game videos. Energy was high and we were ready to win. After a great fight we came out on top and accomplished so many goals. Due to our hard work in practice we were 16-for-17 on clears and kept our goals over 10 while holding Army to under 10 goals. Junior Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.) had a career high of five goals while sophomore Julia Maloney (Loudonville, N.Y.) kept Army to a low score. 2-1 in the Patriot League for Holy Cross!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today we came to practice ready for preparation for Bucknell to keep battling forward in our season. We worked on cutting and unsettled situations to improve our fast breaks, slow breaks and ball movement. We ended practice with 7 v. 7. After practice we went to lift then packed to get ready to leave for Bucknell early the next morning.

Friday, April 1, 2016

One day!!!!! We left Holy Cross at 8:30 a.m. for Summit, N.J., where we practiced on our way to Bucknell. We went over our game plan and did a walk-through. We cleaned up some aspects of our plays and transition. We ended practice with our shooting for the 30-yard line. Freshman Keely Connors won again while sophomore Meaghan Celmer (Summit, N.J.) finished closely behind with second place. After practice we stopped at the house of sophomore Stephanie Ford (Summit, N.J.) for a delicious lunch. We enjoyed some pasta, salad, chicken and yummy desserts! After lunch we loaded back on the bus and headed to Bucknell. Along the way we did some homework and enjoyed our first team karaoke contest! Members of the team got up and sang songs on the microphone of the bus! We are not sure if it was an April Fool’s joke or not but the coaches chose senior MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) and junior Mary Patalita (Alexandria, Va.) to take home the trophy this week. This is a tradition we are looking forward to continuing on future bus rides!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

GAME DAY!!!!!! We got up early to watch film and go over our scouting report. We had our game plan set and got pumped up on our way to the field courtesy of our new portable and loud team speaker! We had an efficient shoot around and warm up. We were ready to battle Bucknell! The team fought hard and improved on some aspects of our game like the draw. Unfortunately, we came up short 10-9. After the game we reflected on the 60 minutes and recognized what we need to work on this week in practice to prepare for Loyola!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Today was our day off to rest up and get ready for an early practice Monday morning!

Week 7     

                                           

Senior captains MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.), Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) discuss the seventh week of the season which included a thrilling victory over Navy.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy first day of spring! Hard to believe that today is the first day of spring because it snowed almost four inches in Worcester this morning. We started our day with some film to get ready for tomorrow’s game against Harvard. While in the locker room, we discussed our game plan and how we are going to attack the game tomorrow. We also watched some great clips of our defensive stops and of our goals scored during our last game to get us pumped up! When we went outside to practice on the AstroTurf we started with some fun stick work, warming up both our bodies and sticks. We kept practice going by working on some midfield drills and had a draw competition that junior Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.) and freshman Baker Earl (Ridgewood, N.J.) won! Finishing practice with some 7 v. 7, we are ready to face Harvard tomorrow. 1 DAY!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GAME DAY, GAME DAY! The sun was shining in Worcester today and everyone was so excited all day as we anxiously awaited our 6:00 p.m. battle with Harvard! We played a really aggressive game with some great moments of lacrosse but unfortunately the outcome was not in our favor. We lost the game but learned a lot about our potential as a team and it really got us pumped up to play again on Saturday!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time to prepare for our next Patriot League game on Saturday versus Navy! As disappointing as the loss was last night, we were all in good spirits as we prepared to build off of the good moments of our game. Since classes ended today for Easter Break all of our focus will be going into lacrosse over the next few days. Before practice we met as a team to regroup and tackle everything we wanted to work on going forward. During our warm nighttime practice we made the most of our full field and split up to divide and conquer. We are looking forward to the next few days of no classes and lacrosse only!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

2 DAYS!! Since we did not have classes, the coaches brought in the One Love Foundation to inform us about a serious topic surrounding relationship violence and domestic abuse. They have already spread the word to over 400 colleges and universities across the nation and we were excited to participate in the spread of such a great message. For more information visit www.joinonelove.org.

After a great morning, we had a meeting where we continued to get ready for Navy. Afterwards, at practice we started out with one of our favorite drills…”meatloaf” (a great open-field passing drill)!! We then split again on two sides of the field and went over more specific details for the game. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

1 DAY!! Game day is almost here! We woke up ready for a morning practice today where we had a productive walk through of our game plan for tomorrow. We got in some good stick work and 8 meters and finished with our pre-game 50 yard shooting competition (Congrats to Maddie Warwick (Hingham, Mass.) for being this week’s winner!). After practice we all gathered in our locker room to find that the Easter Bunny made a visit to see HCWLAX! As we snacked on some candy, we had a very productive film session where we devised our final game plan for tomorrow. 1 MORE DAY!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Today’s the day! We finally get to put our hard preparation from this week to the test in our battle with Navy. We were very fortunate to have a warm and sunny day in Worcester for our game (50 degrees is tropical to Worcester standards!). Our very own men’s lacrosse team defeated Jacksonville in a great win at home right before our game! We built off of their energy as we took the field to battle Navy. It was a great day to be a Holy Cross women’s lacrosse player as we BEAT NAVY for the second time in program history in an exhilarating 7-6 game! Everything really came together this game and we played some of the best lacrosse we have all season! Our defense was solid as Navy could not break through and our attack was able to capitalize on great offensive sets. It was truly a well-earned team win. The excitement was in the air and the celebrations were big. Navy has always been one of our biggest Patriot League rivals, so it was especially nice to get some redemption and come out with the W. Now on to Army!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

HAPPY EASTER! After our AMAZING and well-earned win yesterday a lot of our teammates took advantage of our day off and went home to celebrate the holiday with their families. A few of us, seniors Katie Boyle (Devon, Pa.), MacKenzie Bozel, Casey Drollinger and freshman Molly Pfaff (Long Beach, N.Y.) stayed on campus and got to enjoy the day together starting with a nice Easter mass and brunch at our favorite Via restaurant. 3 days until our next Patriot League battle against Army!

Week 6

Senior Allison Hoffman (Hingham, Mass.), sophomore Stephanie Ford (Summit, N.J.) and freshman Alexis Leighton (Garden City, N.Y.) discuss the sixth week of the season.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Back at it on Mount Saint James, we came out today with a whole new mind set. Casey, one of our senior captains, sent us all a great message before we headed up to film; “It all starts today,” she said. “It’s a whole new ball game with Patriot League games starting on Saturday and we need to find a new gear, step up, and show up every single day. Let’s do it together and get so excited to start league play and put it into a whole new gear starting today.” At film we talked about lacrosse in both a physical and mental manner. Katie Ferris left us with a great quote that we carried through the week as our main goal: “Work hard and come together.” We brought the energy from these messages with us out onto the field. Practice started out with some endurance conditioning, as we ran two 1000 yard shuttles. From there, we left our sticks on the sideline as we worked on getting good body positioning and boxing out in order to pick up ground balls. Upon picking up our sticks, we moved onto 1 v 1s and then 2 v 2s from the sidelines, where the defense showed us not only their impressive boxing-out and ground-ball abilities, but also their hidden attack skills as they continually took the ball to cage and put it in the back of the net! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Another overcast day, but as usual, that did not stop us. The theme of the day for the attack was dodging; we started off with the Maryland dodge drill, then as the attack and defense split we added in taking the ball to the cage after a long, hard dodge from the top. On the other end of the field, the defense worked on some new formations. We also took some time to do one of our team favorites, the “warm up drill” as we call it. Building from 2 v 1 all the way up to 4 v 3, we played with high intensity and a lot of encouragement from one another! We ended practice with some 100 yard sprints, including an extra one in accordance with one of our team mottos, “Do one more.” From there we moved inside and further improved our strength with a solid lift!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We started out today with a film session before practice in the basketball film room, viewing film of Lehigh versus Davidson. This inspired us to have a great practice because we discussed and focused on the things we would have to work on in practice to beat Lehigh. After watching film, we had a health talk with Nick the trainer because unfortunately, mono and pink eye were going around and we did not want it to spread to other teammates. Transitioning into practice, we did a lot of full field drills. We worked on width-wide upfield passing which we did a great job on and have really improved upon since the beginning of the season. Next, we worked on a clearing drill with high energy and intensity that would definitely be done in a game situation. After, we split up into offense and defense. Attack worked on some plays in a 5v5 situation while defense worked on a new zone. Lastly, the attack and defense came back together and we worked on 7v7 for the remainder of practice. After practice, the team had a viewing of the boys basketball game in the locker room and watched them win! They are now headed to Washington to play the number one seed Oregon. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

We brought a lot of energy out to the field for practice today. We were excited to get a good practice in before traveling tomorrow to Lehigh. We started off with long passing to get things going. Next, our team did our favorite purple versus white draw drill!! After doing this for a short while, we unfortunately had to move inside because it started thundering and lightening. Once we got inside we had a surprise in the locker room waiting for us - swaggy new long sleeved uniforms to kick off our Patriot League season!! We were so pumped because they look amazing! After this we had a walk-through/prep for Lehigh in the basketball gym. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

We were up early this morning as a team and got in a solid circuit workout with our strength coach, Michelle, to get our heart rates pumping a bit. After a full day of classes, we hit the road for Lehigh, talking over the scouting report and reviewing a good amount of film during the ride. We found ourselves hungry from hours of stop-and-go traffic but were fortunate enough to have Margie Smith’s parents host the team for a pregame dinner at their home in Mountain Lakes, N.J.! Timing worked out perfectly as we were able to eat and cheer the men’s basketball team on versus the Oregon Ducks in the First Round of March Madness. The meal was topped off with some unreal ice cream cookie sandwiches and we left for the hotel very well fed and ready to take on Lehigh tomorrow!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

GAMEDAY! Today is a new opportunity for us as we open up our Patriot League campaign against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. We came together in the morning for a team breakfast and review of the game plan and then checked out of the hotel and headed for the field. We used some open field time for a shoot around and walked through our plans for the game with one another. We fought hard in the battle, but we fell short with a final score of 12-7. While this loss hurt, we’re determined to move forward as we have a full slate of PL games left ahead of us. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Catching up from the weekend trip, we used today to rest up for preparation for our game on Tuesday versus Harvard and got school work done with midterms on the horizon. Stay tuned as we kick off a new week of practice, preparation and competition tomorrow!

Week 5

Senior Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), junior Maddie Ward (Norwell, Mass.), and freshman Baker Earl (Ridgewood, N.J.) discuss the team’s trip to North Carolina. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Our second day in beautiful North Carolina! This morning we took off for Davidson for another sunny practice. We can get used to this weather! We practiced hard in preparation for our game tomorrow. After practice we went back to the hotel to mentally prepare for the game. Then we took advantage of the warm sun a little more by playing catch outside the hotel. We had to be careful to not let the balls roll into the lake next to us! We finished up the day with a great team dinner at a restaurant on the boardwalk. Some of us tried a southern favorite, hush puppies, for the first time, and they were a hit!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

GAME DAYY!!! Today we woke up and had a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Then we got back on the bus and headed over to Davidson for a walk through before our game. After the walk through, we got back onto the bus and the coaches got us a quick lunch to nibble on before our pregame meal. We got to the hotel and had a couple hours to relax (and ice bath!) before game time. Some parents were able to stop by the hotel and hang out with us before we took off. The pregame meal was great at the hotel, followed by a review of the scout, and our ritual pregame pump up video made by coach Katie!!!! After the meal we got back on the bus and made our way to the field for a 6:30 game start, GO CRUSADERS!!!!! Although we came up short, it was a hard fought game.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Today was a traveling and team activity day for HCWLAX! After watching “Now You See Me”, the choice of sophomore Caroline McKenna (Longmeadow, Mass.), during our 2 hour ride we arrived at our surprise destination. We were at Lake Brandt in Greensboro, N.C. where we took on the strong current in rowboats! While some of us thrived and managed to make it almost across the lake, others found themselves stuck in the rocks but the effort was still there! We then made our way to our new hotel in Elon. Here we did some team bonding out by the pool before we made our way to a team dinner at a delicious diner down the street.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Today was our first day of practice at Elon! When we showed up on the athletic grounds we realized there were all grass fields. This practice we had to work extra hard on ground balls and prepare for something we have yet to face this season. Things got super fun and competitive as we broke into teams to fight for the ground balls and possessions off of the draw! After a long hard good practice we returned to the hotel for film and later an amazing dinner with the parents who came down to see our game!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Today we woke up early again for our second practice in Elon’s football stadium. Working hard in the hot sun we focused our energy on our game plan in preparation for tomorrow’s game. After lunch at a team favorite, Panera, we went back to the hotel to get ready for a fun team activity. We went to the Greensboro Science Center! For some team members it was their first ever visit to a zoo! After walking around, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the zoo we made sure to get inside in time to see the shark feeding and hear about all different species of sea animals. Leave it to Holy Cross to sneak in a fun and informational activity!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Today was our last day in NC and it was GAMEDAY!!!! We got an early start to the day with team breakfast and our ritual pump up video put on by coach Katie! After breakfast, we packed up our hotel room, boarded the bus and prepared to attack Elon! We fought for a full 60 minutes but unfortunately came up short. However, looking forward to playing our first Patriot League game against Lehigh, stay tuned!!! GO CROSS.

Week 4

Senior Katie Boyle (Devon, Pa.), junior Meighan Grady (Darien, Conn.) and freshmen Julia Insani (Northborough, Mass.) and Caroline Walsh (Norwell, Mass.) continue the team’s blog.

Monday, February 29, 2016

After feeling fresh from a day off, we headed back to the turf to put in some hard work. Today we focused on team chemistry and learned a few plays that are meant for everyone on the field. After working hard defensively through attack, we finished with a few snake runs. The team is getting excited for UNH on Wednesday. Two days!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

1 more day!! It feels like a long time since we have played a game so we are preparing for it by going over some old and new plays during 7v7. We also get in a light lift with weight coach Michelle. We cannot wait for tomorrow to play!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

GAME DAY! We left around 11:00 a.m. to head to New Hampshire and stopped at Bertucci’s on the way for a team meal. They served us delicious bread, pasta, chicken and veggies with a lot of water. After arriving at UNH, we had a shoot around before we started getting dressed for the 4:00 p.m. game. Unfortunately, we fell to UNH but were determined to get back on the field tomorrow.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

After a tough loss on Wednesday, we regrouped with team hill sprints and a film session. It was definitely a challenge but the whole team rose to the occasion. With a lot of conversation about our next week of games, the team was reenergized. We headed up to lift with Meesh and were greeted with a GREAT surprise. Gabby was named lifter of the week! Way to represent HCWLAX on and off the field Gab!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday practice started with 300s and competitive ground balls - one of our favorite drills. Although defense came out on top each time, the attack definitely gave them a run for their money. One more 300 was followed by draws to the cage again attack vs. defense. Our final two 300s were followed by 7v7 competition between attack and defense - as you can tell it was a day of competition. With some pizza to warm us up in the locker room, we are so ready to get to NC tomorrow. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

TRAVEL DAY - NC here we come. After a team brunch in Kimball we headed up to Hart for an hour of Hangman with Katie and LB as we waited for the bus. We were in four states in one day! Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and North Carolina. Activities to pass the time included brain teasers, riddles, coloring books, homework and movies. We definitely kept each other entertained as we traveled. When we got to NC, we had some pizza and got to sleep, ready for our first practice in the sun tomorrow!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

First day in the sun :) we woke up to 50 degree weather which felt like 80 to us Crusaders. We headed to Davidson in the morning for practice and worked a lot on transition and prepped for our faceoff against the Wildcats. We got to listen to the HC Men’s Basketball semifinal game together during lunch and then did a workout by the lake. We finished the day with team dinner, which was delish. Two days!!! 

Week 3

Sophomores Vanessa Amendola (Manorville, N.Y.) and Maddie Warwick (Hingham, Mass.) discuss the third week of the season. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAITLIN!!! Another sunny and relatively warm day on the hill! Today we prepared for Bryant. First, we watched film and went over the scouting report in the locker room, and then went outside for a productive practice. Working hard, we ended practice with a good round of 7 vs. 7 and some 8 meters.  We mainly focused on us, our game plan and what we needed to do to beat Bryant. 1 DAY!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

GAME DAY!!!!!!!!  We were extra pumped up to battle against Bryant after a singing and dancing competition in the locker room. Tanji showed the team how to do the worm. It was a big game for the birthday girl because she tallied her 100th career point!! Congrats Kaitlin! After many ups and downs we came up one goal short. The loss was very disappointing but we have to keep our heads up and continue to work hard. One positive outcome of the game was that we achieved five goals on our Battle Board, which is the best yet! We got better as a team and we are prepared to keep fighting. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

After a tough loss, we took the day off. We were able to catch up on sleep and do a little extra studying for our midterms. We reflected on what we needed to improve on to have a productive practice on Thursday.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

After taking the day off yesterday, we had fresh legs to work hard today! After we got our muscles warm, we started off practice getting our sticks warm with a partner and keeping our feet moving. After that we were lucky enough to play one of our favorite ground ball drills with the defense against the offense. It took us a couple of rounds before we picked up our intensity but once we did, the energy was contagious and so much fun! We then worked on fast break situations and this helped our defenders with communication, sliding and crashing. To top it off, we ended practice with running to keep us in shape going into our game next week against UNH!

Friday, February 26, 2016

To start off our day, all of us were up bright and early for 6:00 a.m. lift where we got a great workout in as a team. After classes we were back up at Hart for practice and to start it off, we focused on leading passes while using the length of the field so everyone was able to get a good amount of reps! We also just played some lacrosse with the attackers working on communication and moving for each other while our defense worked hard to get the ball and clear it. It was a cold day but we stayed warm with continuous play and constant hustle!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Today we didn’t start practice until 1:00 p.m. so everyone got to catch up on some sleep which was well needed, even our coaches felt great without waking up to an alarm! We practiced out on the astro-turf to prepare for our away game at UNH and we were so lucky to have warmer weather, no one needed to wear their sweatshirts and sweatpants for today! We started practice in our purple and white teams for some fun competition; the purple team won the first round but then the white team answered back in the second round. We then worked on feeding the cutters with defense on to make sure everyone was working hard to get better. We finished up with our attack running their new play against our defense and our defenders getting after it so they didn’t let them get any easy goals! In between drills we did some running to keep our heart rates up and our minds determined for our battle against UNH on Wednesday!

Week 2

Senior Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.), junior Mary Patalita (Alexandria, Va.) and freshman Gabriella Uccellini (Troy, N.Y.) continue the team’s blog.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Today we were excited that the temperature rose above zero degrees for the first time in two days! We started the day with film in the locker room on our game versus UMass. With Boston College on the horizon, we’re focusing on ourselves and learning from our mistakes as well as learning our strengths to carry us into our game on Wednesday. After film we headed outside and worked on having a more cohesive attacking unit, moving the ball quickly, and our clears. We finished with some running as the snow fell, covering the turf. We were excited that the temperature cooperated and we were able to get in a full two hours! Two sleeps until our home opener!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

365 days of perfect lacrosse weather here in Worcester! Today we went outside with the hurricane like rain, but no weather conditions are too tough for us! Despite the weather, we were focused on our game against BC tomorrow. We worked on slowing down the BC attack, shooting, clears and our own game plan. We then went inside to talk over our plan insulated from the wetness. With the locker room looking more like a swimming pool with our sopping wet clothes, we talked over the keys to success. Then we headed into lift for a light workout. We are pumped for the opportunity to take down the No. 9 team in the country! 1 DAY!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

GAME DAY has arrived!! Today the Holy Cross Crusaders battle BC! The coaches created an awesome pump-up video that motivated the whole team as we got ready to exit the locker room and take the field. The video included highlights from the UMass game and a special addition of awesome NFL plays and celebrations. We worked hard as a team and gave it our all out on the field. It was a tough loss, but a well fought game with a lot of effort and heart. This game gave us the opportunity to keep improving as we prepare to battle Sacred Heart on Saturday!!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

After a tough loss, we are ready to take the field again and start preparing for our next game against Sacred Heart! Today we focused mostly on ground balls and draw controls because those were things that we struggled with against BC. After splitting up into two teams and fighting for draws, we walked away feeling happy with our improvement! Following practice we went inside to lift as a team. 2 days!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Today we have off from practice, but in preparation for our game we had a short but efficient captains practice. We split up into groups so that defense could work on defending the cutters while attack practiced shooting. We then spent a while playing 7v7, which is our favorite! A lot of parents arrived on campus tonight and took many of us out to dinner so that we can be energized and ready to battle Sacred Heart! 1 DAY!!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

GAME DAY! We woke up early to have a team breakfast in Kimball with the coaches. Everyone then made their way up to Hart to shoot around and get mentally prepared. We met as a team and went over our game plan in the locker room before watching another great pump up video created by the coaches. The weather was beautiful and perfect for game day! 50 degrees and sunny is not usual in February up in Worcester! Unfortunately, the game did not end in our favor, but we learned a lot about what we need to work on this season and are already looking forward to our next opponent on Tuesday!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Today we watched film as a team in the field house before heading outside for practice in the afternoon. It was another beautiful day here on the hill and I can speak for everyone when I say that playing in shorts and a t-shirt is much more enjoyable than in tons of layers! We had a great, productive practice that consisted of 7v7s and running through our plays. Only two more days until our fourth game of the season. Beat Bryant!!!!!

Week 1

Senior captains MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.)Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) kick off this season’s blog.

Monday, February 8, 2016

It’s GAME WEEK! After waiting and preparing all fall and preseason we can finally say its game day on Saturday! We are getting ready for UMass.  Today we faced a usual obstacle in Worcester, with an extra eight inches of snow on our turf but we didn’t let that stop us. Our coaches came up with a creative way to get in a high intensity workout indoors. Embracing the bad weather…5 DAYS!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today we woke excited to play on our field again, it will finally be fully cleared after the long weekend of snow. Not only when we walked out did we see a clear turf, we saw a newly painted Crusader on the 50-yard line. This was especially cool for us because this is where we meet before every practice. This night was picture perfect- navy blue skies and fluffy snowflakes surrounded us as we played in our snow globe field. It was great to finally be able to do some full field drills to practice for Saturday. At the end of practice, junior Tess MacKay challenged seniors MacKenzie Bozel and Kaitlin Concilio to do the AED Instagram Challenge in support of victims of cardiac arrest. 4 DAYS!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

As we are getting closer and closer to our season opener you can feel the excitement among the team, in the training room, in our locker room and walking down to the field. Today we found out our game was changed to Friday night at UMass. While this was big news, it just meant that we were even closer to being able to start our season off strong. The coaches surprised us with new hats that coincided with each position. Attackers got white, middies got black and defense got grey!!! During practice we worked on a lot of game-like situations, with some new plays and sets added to our reserve.  2 DAYS!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our first freezing cold day of the season, but the excitement for our game tomorrow kept us warm out on the field. It was good practice for Friday because we tested out all of our layers. It was a great pregame practice because we were able to focus on our game plan and how we wanted to approach tomorrow’s BATTLE. ONE MORE DAY!

Friday, February 12, 2016

GAME DAY AHH!!!!!!! We can’t believe that the seniors’ last first game is here. The entire team and coaching staff have worked so hard up to this point and we cannot wait to prove how far we have come since the fall. Today everyone pumped each other up by passing around psych up quotes and motivational letters. Nothing gets us more excited than a good Mia Hamm quote. As we boarded the bus the music was going and everyone was ready to take on our first battle of the season. While the final turnout of our game was not in our favor, we still feel that we got better and we showed UMass a better team than the one they battled in the fall.

Saturday, February, 13, 2016

Today was our day off so we took the day to mentally planning for Boston College. It is important that we rest, take care of our bodies and catch up on schoolwork so that we are totally prepared for BC on Wednesday.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

6:00 a.m. wake up call! Despite the minus 13 degree weather we rallied together in our field house to get in another high intensity circuit and stick work. Even though the field house is small it was important that we make the most of our time together and get our heart rates up. 3 DAYS until our HOME OPENER against BC!

Previous Blogs

2015 Season Blog
2014 Season Blog
2013 Season Blog
2012 Season Blog
2011 Season Blog
2010 Season Blog

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Week 7                                                

Senior captains MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.), Casey Drollinger (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) discuss the seventh week of the season which included a thrilling victory over Navy.

 

Monday, March 21, 2016

 

Happy first day of spring! Hard to believe that today is the first day of spring because it snowed almost four inches in Worcester this morning. We started our day with some film to get ready for tomorrow’s game against Harvard. While in the locker room, we discussed our game plan and how we are going to attack the game tomorrow. We also watched some great clips of our defensive stops and of our goals scored during our last game to get us pumped up! When we went outside to practice on the AstroTurf we started with some fun stick work, warming up both our bodies and sticks. We kept practice going by working on some midfield drills and had a draw competition that junior Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.) and freshman Baker Earl (Ridgewood, N.J.) won! Finishing practice with some 7 v. 7, we are ready to face Harvard tomorrow. 1 DAY!

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 

GAME DAY, GAME DAY! The sun was shining in Worcester today and everyone was so excited all day as we anxiously awaited our 6:00 p.m. battle with Harvard! We played a really aggressive game with some great moments of lacrosse but unfortunately the outcome was not in our favor. We lost the game but learned a lot about our potential as a team and it really got us pumped up to play again on Saturday!

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 

Time to prepare for our next Patriot League game on Saturday versus Navy! As disappointing as the loss was last night, we were all in good spirits as we prepared to build off of the good moments of our game. Since classes ended today for Easter Break all of our focus will be going into lacrosse over the next few days. Before practice we met as a team to regroup and tackle everything we wanted to work on going forward. During our warm nighttime practice we made the most of our full field and split up to divide and conquer. We are looking forward to the next few days of no classes and lacrosse only!

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

 

2 DAYS!! Since we did not have classes, the coaches brought in the One Love Foundation to inform us about a serious topic surrounding relationship violence and domestic abuse. They have already spread the word to over 400 colleges and universities across the nation and we were excited to participate in the spread of such a great message. For more information visit www.joinonelove.org.

After a great morning, we had a meeting where we continued to get ready for Navy. Afterwards, at practice we started out with one of our favorite drills…”meatloaf” (a great open-field passing drill)!! We then split again on two sides of the field and went over more specific details for the game. 

 

Friday, March 25, 2016

 

1 DAY!! Game day is almost here! We woke up ready for a morning practice today where we had a productive walk through of our game plan for tomorrow. We got in some good stick work and 8 meters and finished with our pre-game 50 yard shooting competition (Congrats to Maddie Warwick (Hingham, Mass.) for being this week’s winner!). After practice we all gathered in our locker room to find that the Easter Bunny made a visit to see HCWLAX! As we snacked on some candy, we had a very productive film session where we devised our final game plan for tomorrow. 1 MORE DAY!

 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

 

Today’s the day! We finally get to put our hard preparation from this week to the test in our battle with Navy. We were very fortunate to have a warm and sunny day in Worcester for our game (50 degrees is tropical to Worcester standards!). Our very own men’s lacrosse team defeated Jacksonville in a great win at home right before our game! We built off of their energy as we took the field to battle Navy. It was a great day to be a Holy Cross women’s lacrosse player as we BEAT NAVY for the second time in program history in an exhilarating 7-6 game! Everything really came together this game and we played some of the best lacrosse we have all season! Our defense was solid as Navy could not break through and our attack was able to capitalize on great offensive sets. It was truly a well-earned team win. The excitement was in the air and the celebrations were big. Navy has always been one of our biggest Patriot League rivals, so it was especially nice to get some redemption and come out with the W. Now on to Army!

 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

 

HAPPY EASTER! After our AMAZING and well-earned win yesterday a lot of our teammates took advantage of our day off and went home to celebrate the holiday with their families. A few of us, seniors Katie Boyle (Devon, Pa.), MacKenzie Bozel, Casey Drollinger and freshman Molly Pfaff (Long Beach, N.Y.) stayed on campus and got to enjoy the day together starting with a nice Easter mass and brunch at our favorite Via restaurant. 3 days until our next Patriot League battle against Army!

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