The No. 4 seed Holy Cross softball team will head to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in six seasons. The Crusaders will take on No. 1 seed Lehigh in the opening round on Thursday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then face No. 3 seed Army West Point on May 12 at 1:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
The Patriot League Tournament will take place at No. 1 seed Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. at Leadership Park from May 11-13.
The opening round on May 11 has the No. 4 seed Crusaders against the top seed Lehigh and the third seed Army West Point versus the second seed Boston University. The next day has the two winners from the opening day squaring off as well as the two losing teams in the first elimination game. A second elimination game will follow matching up the loser from game three and the winner from game four. Saturday's championship features the winner from game three against the winner from game five, with the game three winner needing one victory and the game five winner needing two to claim the title. The Patriot League champion receives the League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Holy Cross won the Patriot League Championship in 1998. Click here to learn more.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross (13-28, 7-10 Patriot League) is coming off a 5-0 win over Lafayette on May 7 and will advance to the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 4 seed for the first time in six seasons.
The Crusaders will be making their 14th overall appearance in the conference tournament and hold a 5-6 record in postseason play as a No. 4 seed.
Batting third in the lineup, Krisanda is currently on a 10-game hitting streak, batting .467 during this span with a .833 slugging percentage.
Junior first baseman Taylor Moss has driven in the most runs this season for the Crusaders with 25 RBIs, which is tied for seventh in Holy Cross history and ranks ninth in the Patriot League.
Seeing the most time in the circle for the Crusaders this year is sophomore pitcher Alexandra Held, who has made 32 appearances.
Held ranks third in the conference with 80 strikeouts and first in Patriot League play among all pitchers with 46 strikeouts. She has struck out 20 batters looking this year, which is the fourth-most in the conference.
Head coach Jen Lapickiis in her first year at the helm of the Crusaders.
MCCARTHY & WAHLER NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
Batting fourth in the lineup, McCarthy has been a force at the plate this season with her team-leading .365 batting average, which currently ranks second in the Patriot League.
Wahler has been an instrumental part of Holy Cross lineup, while also playing a vital role in the infield at shortstop. Starting in all 41 games, she shares the team lead of 44 hits, 23 runs scored and seven doubles.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
With a 32-17 overall record and 16-2 Patriot League mark, Lehigh earned the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Mountain Hawks have won 14-straight games.
Lehigh took all three games over the Crusaders earlier in the year from April 15-16 in the two teams' most recent action.
Nicole Yozzo leads Lehigh with a .339 batting average, while Ahley Cole leads the team with 52 hits and a .481 slugging percentage.
Christine Cambell has seen the most time in the circle for Lehigh and earned the conference's Pitcher of the Year award. She has made 29 appearances for a 2.24 ERA and 99 strikeouts.
Head coach Fran Troyan is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Mountain Hawks and recently earned the Patriot League Coach of the Year honor.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
Boston University earned the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a 23-25 overall record and 14-3 conference mark. The No. 2 seed Terriers will face No. 3 seed Army West Point in the opening round on May 11 at 2:30 p.m.
The Crusaders fell to Boston University three times on the road in this year's regular season series from April 8-9.
Patriot League Player of the Year Jilee Schanda leads the Terriers with a .353 batting average and a .513 slugging percentage, while Moriah Connolly is batting .335 with 45 runs scored and 55 hits.
Makinna Akers has seen the most time in the circle for the Terriers and has a 2.15 ERA with 71 strikeouts.
Ashley Waters is in her second year as head coach of Boston University.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army West Point picked up the third seed in the tournament with a 10-8 conference record and 35-19 overall mark.
Holy Cross captured the series win over Army West Point, 2-1, in the two-teams' regular season matchup from April 1-2.
Ashley Yoo leads the Black Knights at the plate with a .348 batting average, 48 hits and a .428 slugging percentage. Lacey Swafford earned the conference's Rookie of the Year award with a .318 batting average and .424 slugging percentage, as she shares the team lead of 48 hits with Yoo.
Renee Poirier has made the most appearances in the circle for Army West Point, pitching through 139.2 innings and holds a 2.26 ERA, with five saves and 77 strikeouts.
Head coach Michelle DePolo is in her eighth season as head coach of the Black Knights.
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