Crusaders To Play American For A Bid To The PL Tournament
Holy Cross Women's Lacrosse
Overall: 5-10 (2-3 Patriot League) Last Week: 1-1
Scoreboard: Harvard 15, Holy Cross 9, Cambridge, Mass., 4/14
Holy Cross 13, Lafayette 4, Worcester, Mass., 4/17
Schedule: Wednesday, April 21, vs. Central Connecticut, Worcester, Mass., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, vs. American, Worcester, Mass., 1:00 p.m.
- The Crusaders (5-10 overall, 2-3 Patriot League) will conclude the regular season with two games at the new Holy Cross Field. Holy Cross will play Central Connecticut (5-9 overall, 1-8 NEC) in a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m., while the Crusaders will play American (6-9 overall, 3-2 Patriot League) with a bid to the Patriot League Tournament on the line on Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m. With only one spot remaining in the tournament the winner of the game will join Navy, Colgate and Lehigh in the tournament.
- The Crusaders have Patriot League home victories over Bucknell (15-7) and Lafayette (13-4), while they lost at Colgate (14-13), Navy (10-4) and Lehigh (14-7). The Eagles won at Bucknell (15-13), and won at home versus Lehigh (17-16) and Lafayette (19-12). American lost at home versus Colgate (11-9) and lost at Navy (15-14). The last time the Crusaders were in the Patriot League Tournament was in 2007 when they won the title for the second straight season, while the Eagles last participated in the tournament in 2008.
- The Crusaders have been strong at the new Holy Cross Field this season as they have recorded a 4-2 record on the field. Holy Cross has won three straight home games.
- Holy Cross has only played Central Connecticut once as the Crusaders won by a 16-2 score in the 2001 season. Last season, Holy Cross won at American in the season-finale by a score of 16-12. Senior Katie Gardner (Garden City, N.Y.) scored two goals and had four assists for six points, while Calley Benoit and sophomore Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scored three goals. Senior Ali Baird (Wilbraham, Mass.) had two goals and senior Megan Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) had one goal and one assist. Junior goalie Amy Martin (Bloomfield, Mich.) made 10 saves to earn the victory.
- Gardner's six assists and nine points led the Crusaders on the week. She had a career-best five assists for a career-best eight points in the win over Lafayette. She just missed tying the school record for assists in a game which is six. She has recorded at least one point in 18 straight overall games and has posted 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points over the last five games. This season, Gardner leads the team with 20 assists and 44 points, while her 24 goals are second. Her 20 assists are tied for 33rd nationally. Gardner's 1.33 assists per game are third in the Patriot League and her 2.93 points per game are eighth. Her 20 assists are eighth all-time at Holy Cross for a season. For her career she now has 72 goals and 57 assists for 129 points. Her 57 assists are third all-time at Holy Cross and her 129 points are tied for seventh. Also her 57 assists are tied for 23rd most nationally by current Division I players.
- Martin stopped 10 of 14 shots for a career-best .714 save percentage in the victory over Lafayette. She has recorded double-digit saves in 10 of the 15 games this season. Martin's 160 saves are the seventh most in the country, while her .502 save percentage is 13th nationally and first in the conference. Her 468 career saves are fourth all-time at Holy Cross and her 15 career wins are fourth. Martin has been named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week three times this season and four for her career.
- Freshman Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) scored a career-best four goals, including her first collegiate game-winner, for a career-best four points in the victory over Lafayette. She also caused three turnovers against the Leopards which tied for the most by a Crusader this season. Carrellas has eight goals and three assists for 11 points this season. She is third on the team with 17 draw controls, tied for third with 13 caused turnovers and fifth with 15 ground balls. Her 13 caused turnovers are the most by a freshman since junior Meg O'Leary (Longmeadow, Mass.) had 13 in 2008.
- Senior MaryKate Finnegan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) had three caused turnovers against Lafayette which tied for the most by a Crusader this season. She is second on the team this season with 14 caused turnovers, while her 40 career caused turnovers are fourth all-time at Holy Cross.
- Fenton has 106 career points with 83 goals and 23 assists. Her 73 career draw controls are sixth all-time at Holy Cross. This season her 17 goals, seven assists and 24 points are all fourth on the team.
- Sutton has scored at least one goal in 27 straight games which is the seventh longest streak in the nation. This season she leads the team with a career-best 30 goals. Her career-best 35 points are second on the team and her career-best five assists are fifth. For her career she has 50 goals and nine assists for 59 points.
- Baird recorded her 50th and 51st career goals in the game at Harvard. This season she has 11 goals and one assist for 12 points. For her career she now has 52 goals and 13 assists for 65 points.
- O'Leary leads the team with 27 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. Her 39 career caused turnovers are tied for fifth all-time at Holy Cross. This season her nine assists are tied for second on the team and her 12 goals are fifth. She has 57 goals and 29 assists for 86 career points.
- Junior Annie Boylan (Andover, Mass.) now has 100 career draw controls which are fourth all-time at Holy Cross. This season she is tied for first on the team with Sutton with 26 draw controls.