March 6, 2008

A Second Home

March 6, 2008

By Michelle Bradley
Special to GoHolyCross.com

An hour away from her native Nashua, N.H., senior guard Laura Aloisi found her second home in Holy Cross when looking for a school to play college basketball for.

"The feeling of family atmosphere, it was different than any other school I visited," said Aloisi. "The coaches, everyone was so genuine here."

Since stepping onto the Hart Center court, Aloisi has impacted the Crusaders in outstanding way, fitting exactly what the Holy Cross jersey has always represented. As a freshman, Aloisi appeared in 28 games and 24 starts. Her debut efforts were acknowledged by the league as Aloisi was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week (Nov. 29) and to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team.

As a sophomore, Aloisi was named Patriot League All-Tournament Team after leading Holy Cross to the championship game when she scored 21 points against Bucknell, including 17 in the first half.

Like many collegiate athletic careers, Aloisi suffered injuries throughout her career including a season-ending knee injury just 10 games into the 2006-2007 season. Even though Aloisi saw action in 10 games, she impacted the team by leading them in scoring two games. Unable to play, Aloisi continued to be a strong attribute to the success of last year's team, constantly supporting her team and coaching staff during games and practices.

"I remember feelings these hands on my shoulders in the huddles and it was Laura," said head Coach Bill Gibbons. "She was right there and so into it."

Aloisi's helping hand has continuously contributed to the Crusaders' success as she has led the team in assists during three of her four seasons here at Holy Cross. After playing just 10 games last year due to her knee injury, Aloisi still finished third on the team in assists with 68. Aloisi has also finished in the top three in steals during three of her four seasons.

Back on the court this season, Aloisi has recovered tremendously and returned as the Crusaders point guard. She leads the team in both assists and steals and is ranked third on the team in points. Aloisi has also etched her name into the Holy Cross record books, grabbing the No. 7 spot in the all-time career assist list. She also is working her way up the top 10 all-time steals list. She also was named the Patriot League Player of the Week (Jan. 14) for the first time in career after scoring a career-high 22 points while dishing out four assists and three steals in the Crusaders league opener against Lafayette this year. She received the honor just one month later (Feb. 11) after recording 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three assists against Lafayette on Feb. 9. Aloisi finishes her final regular season ranked eighth in career assists in the Patriot League Career Leaders with 432.

Aloisi's success as well as passion for the program will always be remembered and made a part of what the Holy Cross women's basketball team is about.

"Laura is one of the hardest working players I've ever coached. She believes in this program and her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication has made her a tremendous role model and leader of Holy Cross women's basketball," said Gibbons. "Her presence has left an incredible mark on this program, she will remain part of our tradition and I know she will surely have success in all of her future endeavors."