By: Jackie Hart, Sports Editor
Crusaders In Action: 2016-2017 Top Five
The Crusaders had an exciting and eventful 2016-2017 athletic season. There were overtime thrillers, penalty kick heroes, defeating old foes, and upsetting nationally ranked teams. While it would be great to provide a shout out to all of the amazing teams and moments, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five Crusaders in Action moments.
Honorable Mention: Field Hockey Qualifies For Patriot League Tournament
Not since 2006 had the field hockey team qualified for the Patriot League tournament but that all changed this year. Thanks especially to freshman goalie and junior forward Maureen Connolly, the Crusaders enjoyed a playoff berth to cap off a season where they went 3-3 in the Patriot League and 8-4 on their home turf. With a taste of the playoffs, the Crusaders are sure to be back in action next fall.
#5: The Ram-Crusader Cup
It was not just a historical moment for the football program but for the entire school when the football team took on Patriot League foe Fordham at Yankee Stadium on November 12. Crusaders old and new traveled to New York City for a weekend of football and fun. Although the turnout wasn’t quite what we would have liked, it was a great exhibit of school pride.
#4: Women’s Cross Country Historic Season
The women’s cross-country team not only placed third at the Patriot League meet but also second at the ECAC meet. This is the best the Crusaders have ranked in the Patriot League in sixteen years and the best ever at the ECAC meet. Junior Hannah Jeter took fourth at the ECAC meet with a time of 18:25 and was named the Patriot League Scholar of the Year. Additionally, Jeter and junior Annie Sullivan were named first team All-Patriot League, the first time two Crusaders have landed on the list since 1994.
#3: Women’s Lacrosse Beats Ohio State
In the first matchup between Holy Cross and their Big Ten competitors, junior Kerrianne Moran broke the 10-10 tie with 4:34 left in the second half and held onto this one goal lead for the win. It was Moran’s first game-winning goal, while seniors Tess Mackay and Mary Patalita each had a hattrick. The Buckeyes had previously defeated Vermont, Jacksonville, California, Duquesne, and Cincinnati, so this victory was no small feat.
#2: Men’s Lacrosse Beats Navy in the Patriot League Tournament
On Tuesday, April 25, the Crusaders made history for the second year in a row, earning their first ever Patriot League tournament win over Navy. Senior Sean Kirkpatrick scored five goals for Holy Cross, and freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Tesoro earned six saves in the 11-7 win. Even more impressive, when these two teams first met earlier in April, the Midshipmen claimed the game with an 11-4 win, so vengeance was certainly sweet.
#1: Men’s Ice Hockey Defeats #11 Providence in Overtime
In their second ever win against Providence, and sixth win against a nationally ranked team, sophomore defenseman Johnny Coughlin snuck a shot past the Providence goalkeeper with 1:41 in overtime to give the Crusaders the 2-1 win. Junior goalie Paul Berrafato posted 33 saves, and freshman Neil Robinson recorded his second career goal in a victory for the record books, an overtime thriller that made Crusader fans everywhere rejoice.