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Maureen Connolly

Field Hockey Set To Take On American In Patriot League Semifinals

Holy Cross Athletics   11-03-2016
No. 3 HOLY CROSS (9-9, 3-3 Patriot League) vs No. 2 AMERICAN (11-6, 5-1 Patriot League)
DATE: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. LOCATION: Boston, Mass.
SERIES RECORD: American leads 18-3-0 LAST MEETING: 8-1, American (9/17/2016)
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On Friday, the Holy Cross field hockey team will make its first appearance in the Patriot League Tournament since 2006, as it takes on American in the semifinal round at New Balance Field in Boston, Mass.

COACHES CORNER

  • “We are very excited to be playing this weekend in the Patriot League Tournament,” said head coach Lindsay Jackson. “It shows the steps we have taken as a program and this is where we want to be. We are a competitive program and want to continue to become a presence again in the league and in Division I. It’s a big stage and a big opportunity, but it’s nothing new physically that we haven’t done before. We are playing a game, just like the 18 we’ve had so far this season.”

THE TOURNAMENT FIELD

  • Holy Cross will serve as the number three seed in the tournament this weekend and take on second-seeded American in the semifinal round. Boston University became the number one seed after defeating American in their final game of the season to win the tie-breaker. The Terriers will host fourth-seeded Bucknell in the first game of the semifinal round on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS

  • The Crusaders concluded their 2016 regular season with a 9-9 overall record and a 3-3 mark in Patriot League play. They earned the most wins overall and in-conference since the 2006 season.
  • Junior forward Maureen Connolly leads Holy Cross with 37 points, including a team-leading 15 goals and six assists. She leads the Patriot League in points per game (2.06) and goals per game (.833).
  • Freshman goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante holds a .801 save percentage on the season with 121 saves in 16 appearances. Her save percentage is currently the best in the nation. She also ranks seventh in the nation with 7.56 saves per game.
  • Sophomore midfielder Emily Loprete stands second on the team with 17 points on the year, including seven goals and three assists. She ranks ninth in the Patriot League in points per game with 0.94.

FOUR CRUSADERS EARN ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS

  • LaPlante, Connolly, Loprete and senior midfielder Lauren Sutherland received All-Patriot League honors, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches.
  • LaPlante was also named the Patriot League’s Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Year.
  • To read the press release, click here.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES

  • American concluded its regular season with an 11-6 record and a 5-1 mark in Patriot League play. Their lone in-conference loss came against regular season champion Boston University.
  • Natalie Konerth led the Eagles in scoring this season, amassing 25 points on 12 goals and one assist.
  • Maura Jacobs has been the go-to goalkeeper for American, holding a 9-5 record with a .681 save percentage and a 2.03 goals against average through the regular season.
  • The Eagles had five student-athletes named to the All-Patriot League team, including three selections to the first team.
  • Head coach Steve Jennings is in his 18th season at American.

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