For the first time in 10 years, Holy Cross field hockey made the Patriot League Tournament and got the opportunity to play for the trophy. The Crusaders finished their regular season with a record of 9-9. They took on American University at Boston University on November 4.
Going into the game, junior Sammy Gjeltema felt confident. “We’ve made so much progress this season and just even having made it to the tournament makes us so excited. The chemistry and culture we’ve created as a team is something we’re all really proud of.”
The game started off with a strong performance by American, registering 11 shots on goal in the first half. Then in the 30th minute of play, the Eagles scored the lone goal of the game off a penalty corner. An incredibly strong performance by freshman goalkeeper Marcia LaPlante was able to keep the score at 1-0 by the end of the first half. LaPlante ended the game with a total of 17 saves for the Crusaders. She was named the Patriot League’s Goalkeeper of the year and Rookie of the Year. She is only the second player to have earned multiple awards in one season.
In the second half, Holy Cross earned three penalty corners but was unable to lock in a tying goal. Junior forward Mo Connolly lead the Crusaders with three shots on goal and, despite the loss, is extremely proud of the success of her team.
“Making Patriots was a huge step for the program. We’ve come a long way in the past few years and making the tournament really showcased all the hard work we’ve put in.” Connolly ranks ninth in program history and currently leads the Patriot League in points and goals per game.
Despite their loss in the tournament, the Crusaders have a lot to be proud of. “We’re so thrilled with the way this season has turned out and we can’t wait to have this momentum carry over to next season and beyond. I feel so honored to be apart of a team that has come so far.”