Women's Lacrosse Set To Play Navy In Patriot League Championship Game
HC TO PLAY NAVY IN PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The No. 3 seed Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (10-7 overall, 4-2 PL) will play No. 1 seed Navy (16-2 overall, 6-0 PL) in the Patriot League Tournament championship game in Annapolis, Md., at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday, April 29 at noon. The Crusaders defeated No. 2 seed Colgate by a 13-12 score on Friday, April 27 in the semifinals as senior Caitie Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) tallied a career best four goals and a career-best six points. Go here to read a recap of the game. The Mids posted a 14-7 win versus American in the first semifinal as Aimee Gennaro scored four goals for the Mids. The Crusaders have won nine of their last 12 games, including four in a row. The team's winning streak is their longest since winning five straight in 2007. Navy has won six straight games and also had a 10-game winning streak this season. Navy's only two losses are a 11-10 defeat at High Point and a 20-8 loss at No. 1 Northwestern. The Crusaders also lost at High Point this season by one-goal with a 13-12 defeat. Each team is looking for its third Patriot League Tournament title as the Crusaders took the title in 2006 and 2007, while Navy is looking to be the first program to win three straight championships. This is the Crusaders' fifth appearance in the title game and Navy's fourth as the Mids have made the championship game four straight seasons. This season, Holy Cross fell to Navy by a 18-11 score in Annapolis on March 31. Freshman Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied five goals and one assist for six points, but Jasmine DePompeo posted five goals and four assists for nine points for Navy in the victory. The Crusaders are 1-4 all-time versus the Mids, with a 11-10 home win last season. This will be the first time these two teams have met in the Patriot League Tournament. The game will be streamed live on Patriot League All-Access. Also go here to view the Patriot League Tournament website.
NCAA PLAY-IN GAME: The winner of the Patriot League Tournament will play at the champion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday, May 5, in a NCAA Tournament play-in game. No. 1 seed Oregon will play at No. 3 seed Stanford in the championship game on April 29.
CRUSADERS WITH THE MOST WINS SINCE 2007: The Crusaders' 10 overall wins are their most since going 13-6 in 2007. This is the seventh season in program history that the Crusaders have won 10 games or more. Also their four Patriot League victories were their most since going 5-0 in 2007.
HC LOOKING FOR THIRD PL TITLE: This is Holy Cross' sixth appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001. The Crusaders' previous appearances were in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Holy Cross is now 5-1 in the semifinals and is 2-2 in the championship game as it has a 7-3 overall record. This is the second time the Crusaders are the No. 3 seed. Holy Cross made it to the inaugural title game in 2001 as the No. 3 seed as it defeated Villanova (11-7) and then fell to No. 1 seed Lafayette (4-2). In 2005 as the No. 2 seed, the Crusaders edged American (11-10) and then lost to No. 1 seed Colgate (11-4). As the No. 1 seed in 2006, the Crusaders defeated Bucknell (13-7) and then won their first ever Patriot League Tournament title by defeating Colgate (9-6). Holy Cross repeated as the No. 1 seed in 2007 defeating Colgate (9-6) and American (12-8) to earn its second straight title. As the No. 4 seed in 2010, the Crusaders fell at Lehigh by a 9-8 score.
OUTSTANDING DEFENSE: The Crusaders' 11.00 goals against average is the second best in the Patriot League. In its last six games, Holy Cross has only allowed 8.17 goals per game with a 5-1 record in those contests.
FURMAN NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior captain Catherine Furman (Garden City, N.Y.) was named the 2012 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-Patriot League honors. Furman, who also earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2011, is the first Crusader to ever be named the Defensive Player of the Year. This season she has started in all 17 games and is the leader of a defense that has the second best overall goals against average in the Patriot League. She is tied for third on the team with 14 caused turnovers, while she also has 17 ground balls, six draw controls, one goal, one assist and two points. Furman's 42 career caused turnovers are tied for fifth all-time in school history. She has played in 66 career games with 70 ground balls, 40 draw controls, five goals, two assists and seven points. Furman is a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. Go here to read a story on Furman and go here to watch a video with Furman.
CARRELLAS LEADS TEAM IN GROUND BALLS: Junior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) leads the team with a career-best 35 ground balls. Her 2.06 ground balls per game are tied for third in the Patriot League.
ZEBROWSKI LEADS TEAM WITH 46 POINTS: Junior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.), who earned second team All-Patriot League accolades, leads the team with a career-best 46 points, while she is second with 11 assists and third with a career-best 35 goals. She is also third on the team with 16 draw controls. Her 3.07 points per game are 10th in the Patriot League and her 2.33 goals per game are ninth. Zebrowski has tallied at least one point in 22 straight games and has scored at least one goal in 19 consecutive contests. Zebrowski has 80 goals and 30 assists for 110 career points. She is the 18th player in program history to post 100 career points.
HENNESSEY HAVING CAREER SEASON: Sophomore Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) leads the team with a career-best 42 goals and a career-best 21 caused turnovers. Her 42 goals are 10th all-time for a single-season at the school. She is third on the team with a career-best 43 points and is second with a career-best 41 draw controls. Her 41 draw controls are tied for fifth all-time in a single-season at the school, while her 21 caused turnovers are tied for sixth. Her 2.47 goals per game are ranked seventh in the Patriot League and her career-best five game-winning goals are tied for first. Hennessey's 1.24 caused turnovers per game are fourth in the league and her 0.71 free-position goals per game are fifth. She has posted at least one goal in 15 straight games. This season, she has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week twice and the Midfield Player of the Week once. For her career, Hennessey has 57 goals and two assists for 59 points in 34 games. Her 68 career draw controls are 10th all-time in school history.
WEBER PLAYING STRONG IN NET: Sophomore Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors. She leads the Patriot League in saves per game with 7.06 and is third in goals against average with an 11.10. Weber is tied for second on the team with 29 ground balls. She has started in all 17 games with 120 saves and has a 10-6 record this season. Her 10 wins are tied for fourth all-time in a single-season at the school. She was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on April 16.
RYAN HAVING OUTSTANDING ROOKIE SEASON: Freshman Laura Ryan earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Ryan is the first Crusader freshman to earn All-League honors since the 2007 season. She is second on the team with 38 goals and 45 points and is fourth with seven assists. She leads the team with 64 draw controls for the season which are second all-time for a single-season at the school. The record is 72 by Patricia Sutton in 2006. Her 17 caused turnovers are second on the team and her 29 ground balls are tied for second. Ryan's 38 goals and 45 points are the most for a Crusader freshman since the 2007 season when Megan Fenton also posted 38 goals and 45 points. Ryan is fourth in the Patriot League with 3.76 draw controls per game. Her 2.24 goals per game are tied for 10th in the league. Ryan was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on April 9.
HEAD COACH STEPHANIE RIDOLFI: Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 10th season as head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross. Ridolfi is the program's all-time winningest coach and in 2006 and 2007 led the program to its first two Patriot League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. In her 10 seasons she owns an overall record of 84-91 and a 34-25 mark in the Patriot League. Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006.