Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 13thseason as the Holy Cross head women’s lacrosse coach in 2015.Ridolfi is the program’s all-time winningest coach and in2006 and 2007 led the program to its first two Patriot Leaguetitles and NCAA Tournament appearances. Ridolfi posted her 100thcareer win at the school with the 10-8 victory over Colgate in thePatriot League Tournament quarterfinals on April 22, 2014. In her12 seasons at Holy Cross she owns an overall record of 100-114 anda 41-32 mark in the Patriot League, including a 37-24 PatriotLeague record over the last 10 seasons. Ridolfi was selected thePatriot League Coach of the Year in 2006.
The 2014 Crusaders (7-12overall, 4-4 PL) earned the fourth seed in the Patriot LeagueTournament and defeated Colgate, 10-8, to move onto the semifinalswhere they fell to eventual champion Loyola (Md.), 14-10. Theteam's 184 caused turnovers were its most since the 2002 seasonwhen it tallied 264. The Crusaders' 332 ground balls were theirmost since the 2006 season when they posted 432. Fourmembers of the team received All-Patriot League honors.
The 2013 team (9-10 overall, 3-3Patriot League) made it to the Patriot League Tournamentchampionship game for the second straight season. It was theCrusaders' sixth appearnace in the title game in programhistory and the fifth under Ridolfi. The No. 3 seeded Crusaders,who had lost to American by a 16-8 score early in the season,defeated the No. 2 seeded Eagles, 8-7 in the semifinalsand then fell to No. 1 seeded Navy, 14-4 in the championshipgame. Four Crusaders earned All-Patriot League accolades.
The Crusaders went 10-8 overall and4-2 in the Patriot League in 2012 as they made it to Patriot Leaguechampionship game. The No. 3 seeded Crusaders defeated No. 2 seedColgate by a 13-12 score in the semifinals and then fell to No. 1seed Navy in the finals. The Crusaders’ 10 overall wins weretheir most since going 13-6 in 2007, and it was the seventh seasonin program history and the fourth under Ridolfi that the Crusaderswon 10 games or more. The four Patriot League victories were HolyCross’ most since going 5-0 in 2007. Four Crusaders earnedAll-League honors including Catherine Furman, who was named thePatriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2010 season saw the Crusaders qualify for the Patriot LeagueTournament for the fourth time under Ridolfi and for the fifth timein the history of the program, as the Crusaders narrowly fell toNo. 1 seed Lehigh in the semifinals by a score of 9-8. FiveCrusaders earned All-Patriot League honors including Amy Martin,who was named Patriot League Goalie of the Year.
In 2007, the Crusaders won theirsecond straight Patriot League regular season and tournamenttitles, while they also qualified for the NCAA Tournament for thesecond straight season and second time in school history. HolyCross went 13-6 overall with a perfect 5-0 record in Patriot Leagueregular season games.
Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006after leading Holy Cross to an undefeated record in the league(6-0) and a number one seed in the conference tournament. TheCrusaders defeated fourth-seeded Bucknell 13-7 in the semifinalsand number two seed Colgate 9-6 in the championship game to clinchtheir first Patriot League title. The team had another first whenthey went on to play in the NCAA Tournament. Holy Cross had themost successful record in school history with a 14-7 overallmark.
In 2005, Ridolfi led Holy Cross toa second-place finish (4-2) in the Patriot League and the numbertwo seed in the conference tournament. The Crusaders defeatedthird-seeded American, 11-10 in the semifinals before falling todefending champion Colgate in Holy Cross’ second-ever titlegame. The Crusaders’ 10-9 overall record was also one of justtwo winning records in the seven-team league in 2005.
In 2004, Ridolfi coached Holy Cross to an 8-9 overall mark, and afifth place finish in the Patriot League (2-4), after leading theCrusaders to a 7-9 (2-4 Patriot League) record in her first yearwith the program.
Ridolfi now owns a 108-132 careerrecord, including her two year stint at Allegheny College inPennsylvania where she directed the Gators to a record of 8-18during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Ridolfi’s teams have also been very successful academicallyas her program has earned perfect multi-year APR (Academic ProgressRate) scores. During her time at Holy Cross, the program has had117 selections to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst,Ridolfi brings NCAA Division I playing experience to the Crusaders.Ridolfi led Massachusetts to the 2000 Atlantic 10 championship, theschool’s first lacrosse title, and was the team’sleading scorer en route to earning All-Atlantic 10 honors. As asenior, Ridolfi tallied 35 goals and added six assists for 41points to lead the Minutewomen’s effort. Ridolfi was alsonamed to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team.
In the 2000 Atlantic 10 Championship game against Temple, Ridolfiscored a pair of goals, including the game winner in overtime togive Massachusetts a 3-2 victory over the Owls. Ridolfi also servedas team captain in 2000 and was voted the team’s MostValuable Player following the season.
Ridolfi was a three-year letterwinner while at Massachusetts andfinished her career with 71 goals and 21 assists for 92 careerpoints.
Ridolfi, formerly Pavlick, and her husband Chris reside in Milfordwith their two children (Emma and Michael).