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Crusaders To Start Patriot League Season At Home Versus Lehigh

Holy Cross Athletics   03-16-2017
Game 9: Holy Cross (5-3, 0-0 Patriot League) vs. Lehigh (4-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
DATE: Sat., March 18 at 11:05 a.m.  LOCATION: Worcester, Mass.
SERIES RECORD: Lehigh leads, 16-10 LAST MEETING: 12-7, Lehigh (March 19, 2016)
LIVE STATS:  NeuLion Stats LIVE VIDEO: Patriot League Network

The Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team will host Lehigh on Saturday, March 18 for its first Patriot League game of the season. Here is what you need to know as the Crusaders get set to take on the Mountain Hawks.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • The Crusaders will host Lehigh on Saturday, March 18 at 11:05 a.m. As part of Cancer Awareness Day, Holy Cross women's lacrosse welcomes PinkHippy.org to Kuzniewski Field to participate in the day's events. Pink Hippy is a Worcester non-profit organization that seeks to provide holistic services and support for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. For more information on Pink Hippy, please visit their table located near the stands on game day.
  • The game can be viewed on the Patriot League Network with Mike Monaco and Justin Moore on the call. Go here to watch the game.
  • This is the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. The Crusaders are 5-3 overall this season, while the Mountain Hawks are 4-2. Lehigh leads the all-time series, 16-10. Last year the Mountain Hawks won, 12-7. The Crusaders are 3-2 versus Lehigh over the last five meetings.
  • The Crusaders have won three straight games and are off to their best start to a season in 10 years when they were 6-2 in 2007.
  • The Crusaders are 4-1 at Kuzniewski Field at the Luth Athletic Complex so far this season.
  • After Saturday’s game, the Crusaders will travel to Annapolis, Md. to play Navy on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

WE NEED YOU THERE!:

TEAM SHOP:

  • The Team Shop will be open in the Luth Athletic Complex for the Lehigh game on Saturday, March 18! So be sure to check out all of your favorite Crusader gear!

CRUSADERS DEFEAT OHIO STATE IN FIRST EVER MATCH-UP:

  • Senior captain Tess MacKay netted her fourth hat trick and eighth of her career as the Crusaders defeated the Buckeyes. This is the first time the Crusaders have defeated a team from the Big Ten.
  • Senior Mary Patalita posted her second career hat trick.
  • Junior Kerianne Moran scored her first collegiate game winner.
  • Go here to read the recap.

MALONEY STRONG IN NET:

  • Junior goalie Julia Maloney has been outstanding in net this season. Her 62 saves lead the Patriot League and are 21st nationally. Maloney is ranked first in the league and 20th in the country with a 9.07 goals-against average. She is ranked first in the league and 37th in the country with 3.00 ground balls per game. Maloney also recorded only the second shutout in program history in the 10-0 win versus Iona.
  • Maloney’s 195 career saves are 10th all-time in program history.

MACKAY NAMED PATRIOT LEAGUE MIDFIELDER OF THE WEEK:

  • Senior captain Tess MacKaywas named the Corvias Midfielder of the Week and C&R Tire Crusader of the Week posting 10 goals and 12 points. She recorded a career-best seven goals and one assist for a career-high eight points versus Vermont. MacKay netted her fourth hat trick of the year and the eighth of her career in the win against Ohio State. MacKay leads the team with 19 goals and 21 points this season. Her 19 goals are ranked seventh in the Patriot League and 53rd nationally.
  • MacKay has 68 goals and 11 assists for 79 career points.
  • Video: Get To Know Tess MacKay

JOHNSON NAMED PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENDER OF THE WEEK:


  • Senior captain Anna Johnson was named the Corvias Defender of the Week. Johnson led a Crusader defense that allowed just 7.50 goals per game during the week. In the victory against Vermont, she picked up two ground balls, posted four draw controls and caused three turnovers. Johnson’s numbers were even more impressive versus Ohio State, picking up four ground balls with eight draw controls and three caused turnovers.
  • Johnson leads the team with 29 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers, while she is second with 22 ground balls. She is ranked third in the league and 77th in the country with 2.75 ground balls per game. She is ranked ninth in the league and 63rd in the country draw controls per game. Johnson is ranked 10th in the Patriot League with 1.50 caused turnovers per game. For her career, Johnson has 94 ground balls, 59 draw controls and 29 caused turnovers.

CRUSADERS RANKED IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE:

  • Junior goalie Julia Maloney leads the Patriot League with 62 saves, a 9.07 goals-against average and 3.00 ground balls per game.
  • Senior Tess MacKay is seventh in the league with 19 goals.
  • Freshman Maggie Moriarty is 10th in the league with seven assists.
  • Senior Anna Johnson is third in the league with 2.75 ground balls per game, ninth with 3.63 draw controls per game and 10th with 1.50 caused turnovers per game.
  • Seniors Mary Patalita and Maddie Ward are tied for 10th in the conference with 0.63 free position goals per game.

TEAM PHOTO BLOG:

PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS TO BE HONORED:

  • April 8th will be a special day for the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse program as it will be honoring the senior class and recognizing the accomplishments of the 2006 and 2007 Patriot League Championship teams.

  • Before the Crusaders’ game against Loyola (Md.), the team will be honoring its senior class for their hard work on and off the field over the last four years. Then at halftime, the 2006 and 2007 Patriot League Championship teams will be recognized on the field for their accomplishments. In the evening, alumni, family and friends will have the opportunity to gather in the newly renovated Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex for a cocktail reception. The day will conclude with a dinner, celebratory program and silent auction in the Loyola Ballroom. The evening will be an opportunity to connect with the current players, coaches, alumni and parents, and to share your memories of the program.
  • Go here to register.

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossWLax, Instagram holycrosswlax and on Facebook. You can get also get the latest news and results on the women's lacrosse team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here.

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