WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s field hockey team returns home for the first time in five games for a Patriot League matchup with Lafayette this Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m.
The Crusaders are hot having won their previous three games, 4-0 against Colgate, 4-1 over Lehigh, and a 5-4 overtime thriller against La Salle. Head coach Lindsay Jackson is happy with how the team is playing, but knows they need to keep it up if they’re going to get to where they want to go.
“We are finding our stride right now and pieces of our game are coming together,” Jackson said. “We have learned a lot of important lessons about the game and how we can connect as a team recently and are finding some success. Going into this weekend with Lafayette, we are going to need all of those lessons and pieces to really come together to find that success. Lafayette is tough competition and with Patriot league tournament spots becoming a little clearer after this game, it really holds some gravity.”
The game will also be the team’s ALS Awareness game as Holy Cross works to raise money for the Pete Frates Foundation.
Things to know about Holy Cross (3-9-0, 2-1 PL):
Part of the recipe to the Crusaders’ recent success has been the play of senior Emily Loprete. Loprete now leads the team with 10 goals on the year for 20 points, both of which also lead the Patriot League.
Junior goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante has also continued her strong season in goal. Her 12.82 saves per game leads the NCAA and her .763 save percentage is tied for 15th.
With a win, the Crusaders would be 3-1 in conference play and while not mathematically locked in to a postseason spot, would be in very good position to claim one.
Things to know about Lafayette (5-8-0, 2-1 PL):
Lafayette has been led this season by Lisa van der Geest’s six goals and four assists for 16 points.
Sarah Park has started all 13 games in goal for the Leopards allowing 3.42 goals per game with a .598 save percentage.
Lafayette’s two conference wins have come against Lehigh, 3-2 in overtime, and Colgate, 5-4, the same teams that Holy Cross has beaten. The loss came at the hands of Boston University, 7-4.