Connolly & LaPlante Named Second Team All-Region

Holy Cross Athletics   11-29-2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior forward Maureen Connolly and freshman goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante were both named to the 2016 Longstreth / National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Northeast Region second team, as announced by the organization on Tuesday. This is the second-straight year Connolly has received the honor, and the first time LaPlante has been named all-region.

LaPlante had had a stellar season in net for the Crusaders, holding an 8-8 record in the regular season with a save percentage of .817 and a goals against average of 1.81. She held the best save percentage in the nation for the 2016 season, and ranked fifth nationally with 8.12 saves per game. LaPlante capped off the season with a 17-save performance in the Crusaders’ 1-0 loss to American in the Patriot League semifinals.

Connolly makes her second-straight appearance on the All-Northeast Region team. She led the Crusaders in scoring throughout the entirety of the regular season, notching 37 points on 15 goals and seven assists while sitting atop the league’s leaderboards for the majority of the year. Her 1.95 points per game and .789 goals per game are both the highest in the Patriot League. Connolly currently ranks ninth overall in program history in career goals with 31 and career points with 79.

The Crusaders finished their 2016 season with a 9-10 overall record and a 3-3 mark in Patriot League play. Holy Cross made its first appearance in the Patriot League Tournament since the 2006 season.

For a complete list of Longstreth / NFHCA Division I All-Region selections, click here.

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