April 27, 2013

Women's Lacrosse To Meet #15 Navy In PL Championship Game

Patriot League Tournament Championship Game Presented By Rockin' Refuel

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Teams: Holy Cross (9-9, 3-3 PL) vs. #15 Navy (17-1, 6-0 PL)

Date: April 28, 2013

Place: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Live Video: http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess/

HC TO PLAY NAVY IN PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The No. 3 seed Holy Cross women's lacrosse team (9-9 overall, 3-3 PL) will play No. 1 seed and No. 15 nationally ranked Navy (17-1 overall, 6-0 PL) in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament Presented by Rockin' Refuel in Annapolis, Md., at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday, April 28 at noon. Go here to watch the game: http://www.patriotleague.org/allaccess/. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This will be a rematch of last year's finals as the Mids defeated the Crusaders by an 18-11 score in the only Patriot League Tournament meeting between these two programs. Navy also won this year's regular season contest by a 15-5 score on April 6. The Crusaders are looking to win their third Patriot League title as they also won the championship in 2006 and 2007. The Crusaders, who have won four of their last five games, defeated No. 2 seed American by an 8-7 score on Friday, April 26 in the semifinals. The Eagles had defeated the Crusaders by a 16-8 score in the regular season on March 16. The Midshipmen defeated No. 4 seed Lafayette, 9-8, in the first semifinal. 

HC LOOKING FOR THIRD PATRIOT LEAGUE TITLE: This is Holy Cross' seventh ever appearance in the Patriot League Tournament which started in 2001. The Crusaders' previous appearances were in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012. Holy Cross is now 6-1 in the semifinals with the win versus American and is 2-3 in the championship game as it has a 8-4 overall record in the tournament. This is the third 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). Last season, the Crusaders also made it to the title game as a No. 3 seed. HC defeated Colgate (13-12) in the semifinals and then lost to No. 1 seed Navy (18-11) in the championship contest. 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. Holy Cross is 0-1 versus Navy in the tournament, 3-0 versus American and 0-1 versus Lafayette. 

HEAD COACH STEPHANIE RIDOLFI: Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 11th season as head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross in 2013. 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 11 seasons at Holy Cross she owns an overall record of 93-101 and a 37-28 mark in the Patriot League, including a 33-20 record in the Patriot League in the last nine seasons. Ridolfi was selected the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2006. Ridolfi now owns a 101-119 career record, including her two year stint at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania where she directed the Gators to a record of 8-18 during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

HENNESSEY TALLIES 100TH CAREER POINT: Junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors this season. Hennessey, who scored three goals versus American in the semifinal victory, has 34 goals and six assists for 40 points this season, leading the team in goals per game (2.27). Hennessey, who has scored at least one goal in 31 straight games, has 93 goals and nine assists for 102 career points. She is the 19th player in program history to reach 100 career points. In addition, her 101 career draw controls are seventh all-time in program history.

CARRELLAS NAMED TO FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE: Senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) earned first team All-Patriot League honors. Carrellas has started in all 18 games with 23 goals and three assists for 26 points this season. She ranks second on the team with 17 caused turnovers, and was named the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week on March 11. She has played in all 70 career games and ranks fifth all-time at Holy Cross with 53 career caused turnovers, while she also has 77 goals and 13 assists for 90 career points. As a junior, Carrellas was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.

RYAN EARNS ALL-LEAGUE FOR SECOND SEASON: For the second straight season, sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) earned second team All-Patriot League accolades. Ryan stands second on the team with 36 goals and 43 points this season. She tallied two goals and one assist for three points versus American in the semifinal victory. She leads the team with 49 draw controls which are third all-time for a season in program history. Ryan has 77 goals and 16 assists for 93 career points, while her 114 career draw controls are fourth all-time in program history.

CARACAUSA SELECTED TO ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Junior Corinne Caracausa (North Wales, Pa.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Caracausa leads the team this season with a career-best 35 ground balls. She also has four goals and one assist for five points, while standing third on the team with a career-best 16 caused turnovers. Caracausa has played in 44 career games with 55 ground balls, while she has nine goals and two assists for 11 points.

SUTTON NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) has been named to the Patriot League All-Academic team. Sutton, who is a Sociology major, has 32 goals and three assists for 35 points and has started in all 18 games this season. She leads the team with 14 free-position goals. Sutton has played in 68 career games as she has 123 goals and 22 assists for 145 points. Her 123 goals are fourth all-time in program history and her 145 points are eighth. Also her 103 career draw controls are sixth all-time. Sutton is a two-year captain and was a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. She has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice.

ZEBROWSKI LEADS TEAM IN GOALS AND POINTS: Senior Taylor Zebrowski (Verona, N.J.) leads the team with a career-best 38 goals and a career-best 50 points, while she is second on the team with a career-best 12 assists. She scored two goals versus American in the semifinal victory including the game-winner. Zebrowski has 119 goals and 42 assists for 161 career points. Her 42 career assists are sixth all-time in program history, while her 161 points are fifth and her 119 goals are sixth.  

CONCILIO LEADS TEAM WITH 15 ASSISTS: Freshman Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.), who was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week twice this season, leads the team with 15 assists. Her 15 assists are the most by a Crusader freshman since Patricia Sutton posted 23 in 2004. She also has six goals for 21 points.

WEBER NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) was named the PL Defensive Player of the Week on April 22 as she went 2-0. She was outstanding in net in both victories as she tallied a 6.00 goals against average and a .571 save percentage. She made 11 saves and allowed six goals as she posted a .647 save percentage in the win versus Central Connecticut, while in the victory versus Lehigh she tallied five saves and allowed six goals. She made four saves versus American in the semifinal victory. Weber's 19 career wins are fourth all-time in program history.